Qantas has rejected the current offers that airbus and Boeing have put forward for project sunrise.
Airbus was pitching the A350-1000 with Boeing pitching the 777x. However Qantas has told the aircraft manufacturers to “go back and sharpen their pencils as there is still a gap”. The airline has said that it’s many factors include price and wanting more performance out of the aircraft.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was quoted in the same story as saying that “I have no problem… in saying ‘we gave it a good try but it didn’t work’”.
This news also means that the 2023 launch of these ultra long range routes be postponed or even cancelled.
Personally I’m not really interested in ultra long haul flights however many people are probably saving right now to fly such routes one day. Qantas made history with its two flights it’s performed with news reaching all corners of the world.