This is very good news for Airbus , but a big slap in the face for Boeing. The Australian airline Qantas indeed announced on Wednesday that it had signed an agreement in principle with the European aircraft manufacturer to buy up to 134 planes A 320 and A 220, in as part of the renewal of its medium-haul fleet .
A first firm order is scheduled for next year and will include 40 planes: 20 AT321 XLR and 20 AT220. The company then put an option on 56 additional devices that could be operated over the next decade, gradually replacing Boeing’s current aging fleet 717 – 800 and B717.
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– Guillaume Faury (@GuillaumeFaury) December 15, 2021 This contract should be finalized ” by the end 2021 “specifies Qantas in a press release, which will make it” the most important contract ever past in Australian aviation history ”. The first deliveries are announced for 2024.
And 94 planes for his low company cost
To this command, is added that of Jetsar , the low-cost company of Qantas which signed for more than 94 family A planes 220 neo. “We are honored to have been selected by Qantas to replace its single aisle aircraft lineup,” said Airbus Commercial Director Christian Scherer.
An announcement that occurs after the French submarine affair , and the cancellation of a sale estimated at 56 Billions of Euro’s. This had thrown a commercial and diplomatic chill between Australia and France. The amount of this aircraft order is not known but it could contribute to the warming of relations between the two countries.