Qantas to order long-range Airbus A350s as a part of wider deal – sources By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A350-1000 Xwb (again) and an Airbus A321neo are seen on static show throughout the 52nd Paris Air Present at Le Bourget Airport close to Paris, France, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

By Jamie Freed and Tim Hepher

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Qantas Airways Ltd will announce on Monday a landmark order for Airbus SE (OTC:) A350-1000 jets able to continuous flights from Sydney to London as a part of a wider take care of the European planemaker, trade sources instructed Reuters on Sunday.

The airline, which has touted plans for the world’s longest industrial flights for greater than 5 years, noticed its “Challenge Dawn” initiative delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, however has since mentioned an plane order this 12 months would make flights doable by mid-2025.

The anticipated information comes days after Boeing (NYSE:) Co additional delayed improvement of its 777X jetliner which had at one stage been in rivalry to ease direct flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York.

An Airbus-owned A350-1000 was flying on Sunday from Toulouse to Perth, monitoring service FlightRadar24 confirmed.

Sydney-based Qantas, which mentioned it could make a big announcement on Monday about the way forward for its community, declined to remark. Airbus didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

On Sunday, the West Australian newspaper mentioned, with out citing sources, that the Qantas order would come with 12 A350s, 20 A321XLRs and 20 A220s in addition to buy rights for 106 extra airplanes unfold among the many differing types.

An airBaltic A220 was parked in Sydney on Sunday, FlightRadar24 confirmed. That vacation spot isn’t on a standard route for the European service. Australia has no A220 operators at current.

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