Qantas has expressed its requirements regarding the configuration it needs for an aircraft it earmarks for the long-haul flights from the East coast of Australia to Europe and the East coast of US.
The Airbus A350-90ULR has agreed to pitch its product to meet the requirements of Qantas.
Though Boeing’s 777-8 falls short of all of their desires, it exceeds many of their desires, according to chief project engineer Michael Teal. One of the requirements of Qantas is to increase the MTOW (Maximum take off weight) of the aircraft, which would allow it to carry more fuel in the enlarged wing. Teal says however that this would mean some trade-off in the aircraft’s available payload.
Qantas is looking to launch the extended long-haul flights in 2022-23. More recently, chief executive Alan Joyce has said that the airline could place an order for that aircraft in 2019.