Exciting news from the Qantas News Room, as the Qantas Group has selected Airbus as their preferred choice of aircraft for their domestic fleet renewal. Specifically, Qantas has selected the A320neo and A220 families of aircraft. These aircraft will replace Qantas’ aging Boeing 737-800’s and Boeing 717-200’s.
The airline expects an initial order of 40 aircraft, 20 Airbus A321XLR’s and 20 of the Airbus A220-300’s, with options for Airbus A220-100’s. The orders will combine with an existing Jetstar order, giving Qantas the flexibility on timing and aircraft type and size.
Once finalised, this order will make up the largest aircraft order in Australian aviation history. As aircraft manufactures went head to head to get Qantas’ orders, with Airbus winning out. Other aircraft in consideration were the Embraer E-Jet-E2 and Boeing 737MAX.
“This is a clear sign of our confidence in the future and we’ve locked in pricing just ahead of what’s likely to be a big uptick in demand for next-generation narrow-body aircraft. That’s good news for our customers, our people and our shareholders.”
Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO
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What are your thoughts on Qantas’ renewal plans? I think it’s quite exciting and very interesting to see what aircraft Qantas have chosen, joining the status quo and hopping on the Airbus bandwagon!