Qantas chooses Airbus
QANTAS has announced the selection of the Airbus A350-1000 as its preferred aircraft to service upcoming Project Sunrise routes, opting against using Boeing’s 777X aircraft.
At this point no orders have officially been placed, however the carrier said it would “work closely” with Airbus to create a contract for up to 12 aircraft before the Qantas board makes its final determination.
In line with the decision, Airbus has agreed to extend the deadline to confirm delivery slots from Feb to Mar, allowing extra time for Qantas to broker an industrial agreement without impacting its highly anticipated launch date for Project Sunrise flights in the first half of 2023.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that going with the Airbus A350-1000 made the most sense from a business case perspective.
“The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and the deal on the table with Airbus gives us the best possible combination of commercial terms, fuel efficiency, operating cost and customer experience,” he said.
“This is the right choice for the Sunrise missions and it also has the right economics to do other long-haul routes if we want it to,” Joyce added.
Qantas is currently negotiating with its pilots regarding pay to “close the last remaining gap” in the carrier’s Project Sunrise business case.