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Qantas plans major narrowbody, widebody plane orders in 2022 By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Qantas planes are seen at Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne, Australia on November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photograph

By Jamie Freed

SYDNEY (Reuters), Qantas Airways Ltd anticipates ordering more than 100 narrowbody, regional, and widebody aircrafts in the next year. They also plan to buy largebodies capable to fly long distances from Sydney to London.

Qantas will choose the preferred supplier for replacing its 75 Boeing aircraft (NYSE:) Co 737-880s and 20 717s (December), CEO Alan Joyce stated in a press conference on the sidelines at the annual International Air Transport Association meeting in Boston.

Reporters were told by him that a fleet renewal such as this is something that happens only once per generation. This is an important decision that will impact our future.

They would bring in billions of dollars to the aircraft manufacturing companies that had to reduce production due to the pandemic.

Joyce stated that Qantas will place the firm order by mid-2022 and delivery is expected in late 2023 or 2034.

There are three options: the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus SE (OTC : A320neo families), the A220, and the A220. Embraer SA (NYSE:)’s E-Jet E2 family, Qantas said, confirming an earlier Reuters report

According to the airline’s claims, these new aircraft will cut fuel use and carbon emissions by about 15%. They also said that they would work closely with the industry on increasing the use sustainable aviation fuel. This is in an effort to reach net zero emissions goals by 2050.

Qantas also wants to increase its long-haul capacity as it recovers from the pandemic. Joyce stated that the airline had delayed plans for 12 Airbus A350 aircraft capable of flying Sydney-London or Sydney-New York, but the largebody orders are back on the table.

“We are hoping that in early 2022, we will be able to make a decision on it,” said he. The decision might be made at the same moment (as domestic fleet), or perhaps a little earlier.

He said that ultra-long haul flight could begin in 2024, or even 2025.

Qantas also has an existing order for 109 A320neo family jets, which it said will mainly be used to replace budget arm Jetstar’s fleet of A320 aircraft.

According to a statement, the first plane in that order was due to be delivered during the second half 2022. The remainder will arrive by the end the decade.

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