Qantas launches competition to replace smaller jet-sourcers

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FILE PHOTO: Qantas is seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Sydney, Australia on March 18, 2020. Reuters / Lauren Elliott

3 October 2021

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas has begun talks with aircraft manufacturers to phase out major narrow-body and regional jets, industry sources said.

He said Australian airlines are studying Airbus A220s and Brazilian Embraer E2s to replace the regional fleet of 20 Boeing 717s and 18 Fokker 100s.

He said Airbus and Boeing will face each other separately as Qantas tries to upgrade its existing fleet of narrow-body Boeing 737-800s. Combined movement can cause staggered buying, including over 100 jets over time.

Qantas executives declined to comment in Boston, where airline executives were gathering for an industry conference. Airplane makers Airbus, Boeing and Embraer also declined to comment.

(Reporting by Jamie Freed, Additional reporting by Tim Heffer, Editing by Philip Fletcher)

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