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Qantas to switch domestic fleet to Airbus in blow to Boeing
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Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd said on Thursday it has chosen Airbus SE as the preferred supplier to replace its domestic fleet, switching from Boeing Co in a major win for the European planemaker.
The airline said it had committed to buying 20 Airbus A321XLR planes and 20 A220-300 jets and had taken purchase options on another 94 aircraft. The agreement is subject to board approval, expected by June 2022 after negotiations with pilots and finalizing the business case.
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Deliveries would start in mid-2023 and continue over the next 10 years to replace an ageing fleet of 75 Boeing 737s and 20 717s, Qantas said, adding that the new planes would also lower its carbon emissions.
"This is a clear sign of our confidence in the future and we've locked in pricing ahead of what is likely to be a big uptick in demand https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/airlines-place-their-bets-looking-past-pandemic-renew-fleets-2021-12-15 for next-generation narrowbody aircraft," Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said.