Qantas announces purchase of up to 134 Airbus aircraft

Australian Airline Qantas announced an agreement in principle with the European company Airbus to acquire up to 134 A320 and A220 aircraft to renew its fleet, replacing its units Boeing 737.

Upon completion “by the end of 2022,” the contract will be “the most important in the history of Australian aviation,” Qantas said.

Deliveries must begin from 2024.

The order is in addition to that of Jetstar, Qantas’ low-cost affiliate, for more than 100 A320 neo family aircraft.

Neither the manufacturer nor the airline have disclosed the amount of the contract, and Qantas simply noted that it represents a “substantial discount” relative to the list price.

It indicated that the A320 XLRs can carry 15% more passengers than its current B373-800s on each flight.

The Australian firm has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has closed the borders of that country for much of the last two years.

The company also announced Thursday that it has a debt of 4,000 million dollars, but indicated that it expects local demand to recover its pre-pandemic level by March 2022.

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