Australian aviation company Qantas has chosen to go with Airbus instead of Boeing for its flight to ultra long haul routes to Europe and Africa. The airline company chose the A350-1000 model of the Airbus for its planned non-stop flight to London which would be the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight.
The final decision on whether to begin the routes will be decided by March 2020. The win for Airbus over Boeing does not come as a surprise as the American airline manufacturer’s latest and most successful plane the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes were grounded after two successive fatal incidents that claimed the lives of more than 500 people.
The Airline manufacturer has recently fallen under controversy that the Boeing knew of the risks involved in the plane’s design and after the Lion Air crash did not take sufficient steps to redesign the safety parameters of the aircraft which led to the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March this year.
Qantas asked the world’s two biggest manufacturers to design passenger jets that would allow it to start its long haul non-stop routes to the European destinations and South America. That would mean flying more than 17,000 kilometres and flying non-stop for more than 20 hours.
After evaluating the Boeing 777X and the Airbus A350-1000 it chose to go with the European manufacturer Airbus. Qantas is considering its long haul routes which are a part of its new plan the “Project Sunrise” plan.
Qantas would remain committed to Airbus and place an order of up to 12 aircraft once it decides on the destinations and the viability of the destinations. So no orders have been placed as of now.
Qantas has plans to start direct air routes from Australia’s east coast to European cities like New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt and other destinations in South America and Africa.
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