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Qantas to interrupt London flight barrier with Airbus jet order -sources By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A350-1000 Xwb (again) and an Airbus A321neo are seen on static show through the 52nd Paris Air Present at Le Bourget Airport close to Paris, France, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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By Jamie Freed and Tim Hepher

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Qantas Airways Ltd is about to announce a landmark order for Airbus SE (OTC:) A350-1000 jets able to nonstop flights from Sydney to London as a part of a wider cope with the European planemaker, business sources informed Reuters.

The multibillion-dollar order, to be unveiled in a Sydney airport hangar on Monday, brings the Australian provider a step nearer to launching record-breaking direct flights of almost 20 hours on the profitable “Kangaroo route” by mid-2025.

Qantas has touted plans for the world’s longest industrial flights for greater than 5 years, however delayed its “Venture Dawn” as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The deal is a breakthrough for veteran Qantas Chief Govt Alan Joyce who has described nonstop Sydney-London flights because the Holy Grail for the 101-year-old provider.

The Australian airline launched the route in 1947 with Lockheed Constellations, when it took a number of stops and 58 hours of flying. In the present day’s one-stop flights take nearly 24 hours.

The enlargement comes days after Boeing (NYSE:) Co additional delayed improvement of its 777X jetliner, which had at one stage been in competition to permit direct flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York.

An Airbus-owned A350-1000 was flying on Sunday from Toulouse to Perth, monitoring service FlightRadar24 confirmed.

Qantas, which has mentioned it will make a major announcement on Monday about the way forward for its community, declined to remark. Airbus additionally declined to remark.

On Sunday, the West Australian newspaper mentioned, with out citing sources, that the Qantas order would come with 12 A350s, 20 A321XLRs and 20 A220s in addition to buy rights for 106 extra airplanes unfold among the many differing kinds.

Qantas in December chosen Airbus as the popular provider for a serious order to resume its ageing narrowbody fleet, in a blow to its incumbent provider Boeing.

An airBaltic A220 was parked in Sydney on Sunday, FlightRadar24 confirmed. That vacation spot just isn’t on a traditional route for the European provider. Australia has no A220 operators at current.

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