Qantas is predicted to substantiate plans to launch flights connecting Australia’s east coast to London and New York continuous on Monday with a blockbuster order for brand spanking new jets to function the ultra-long haul routes.
The airline has spent virtually 5 years engaged on so-called “Project Sunrise”, plotting record-breaking flights of greater than 20 hours from Sydney to London and Sydney to New York, and is about to substantiate an order for as much as a dozen Airbus A350-1000s at Sydney Airport on Monday morning.
Qantas had supposed to launch its Sunrise flights in early 2023 however the COVID-19 pandemic put the undertaking on maintain.
An Airbus-owned A350 was on route from the aircraft producer’s base in Toulouse, France and was because of contact down in Perth simply earlier than 7pm native time (9pm jap time), in keeping with monitoring website FlightRadar24.
Industry sources, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, confirmed Monday’s announcement would additionally embody the finalisation of Qantas’ home fleet alternative, which entails an order of as much as 134 Airbus A320neo and A220 plane over the subsequent decade.
The A220 just isn’t at present utilized by any native airline. An A220 owned by airBaltic – which doesn’t often fly to Australia – landed at Sydney Airport on Saturday night time, FlightRadar24 reveals.
A spokesman for Qantas declined to touch upon Sunday. On Friday, the airline despatched journalists a media alert flagging a “significant announcement” at Sydney Airport on Monday.
The West Australian first reported that Monday’s announcement would contain confirming the large order with Airbus. Reuters additionally reported particulars of the order.