Qantas is set to place an order for ultra-long-range aircraft from Boeing or Airbus, that could fly from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York.
Last year, Qantas openly challenged both largest plane makers to come out with plane to meet its “Project Sunrise” as the airline calls, that could fly for more than 20 hours aloft between the continents.
Both Boeing and Airbus accepted the challenge and went back to drawing boards to modify 777x and A350-900 and A350-1000 jets, to make them fly that extra miles. “We’re having good dialog with both Boeing and Airbus, and I think we’re getting to a stage technically where we know what the aircraft is going to be in the next few months,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said on the sidelines of the IATA aviation summit in Sydney.
The Qantas says it is ready to place an order for ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets next year for flights from 2022.