SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian carrier Qantas Airways will on Monday announce an order for Airbus A350-1000 planes, which will allow it to fly non-stop from Sydney to London, as part of a broader deal with the European aircraft manufacturer, industry sources told Reuters on Sunday.
The multi-billion dollar order, to be unveiled on Monday, would see the Australian carrier launch almost 20-hour direct flights on the lucrative “Kangaroo Route” by mid-2025.
Australian regional daily The West Australian reported on Sunday that the order would include 12 A350s, 20 A321XLRs and 20 A220s, along with purchase rights for a further 106 aircraft.
Qantas, which said it would have an important announcement on Monday regarding the future of its network, declined to comment.
Airbus also declined to comment.
(Reporting Jamie Freed in Sydney, with contributions from Tim Hepher in Paris; French version Camille Raynaud)
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