Airbus ended the year on a high note. The European aircraft manufacturer announced, Thursday, December 16, a giant order for 134 aircraft placed by the Australian company Qantas Airways. The latter, after having made play the competition between Airbus and Boeing, chose the European manufacturer to completely renew its domestic fleet of planes. A contract evaluated, list price, even if Airbus no longer communicates its prices, at just over 13 billion dollars (about 11.5 billion euros).
“This is a clear sign of our confidence in the future, and we have decided to freeze prices before there is a surge in demand for next-generation narrow-body aircraft.”, said Alan Joyce, Managing Director of Qantas Airways. With this order, Qantas wants to replace its old Boeing 737s and 717s with the latest generation A321XLRs and A220s, which consume much less fuel. Above all, the Australian company wants to go fast. A sign that after the aircraft manufacturers, the companies, in turn, are beginning to combine the crisis with the past. Qantas has announced that deliveries will begin in mid-2023 and run for ten years. For Airbus, the choice of the Australian is not a real surprise. A few weeks ago, Jetstar, a low-cost subsidiary of Qantas, had already committed to purchase 100 A320s.
A consolidated number one position in the world
With this new contract, Airbus further consolidates its position as the world number one in aeronautics. At the end of November, the European aircraft manufacturer had blocked its counter at 610 orders recorded since the beginning of the year, including 368 net. Thanks to Qantas, the 800 order mark is in sight. Above all, it confirms the status of bestsellers that are now the A220 and especially the A321 in all its versions. With this aircraft, Airbus continues to record order to order. It must be said that the aircraft offers customer airlines the performance of a long-haul, but with the operating costs of a medium-haul. The success of the A220 underlines, once again, that Airbus had a fine nose in buying, four years ago, this medium-haul from the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, then in great financial difficulty.
Since then, the European aircraft manufacturer has been able to offer a full range of latest generation aircraft, the famous Neo, to airlines. An offer that begins with the A220, continues with the entire A320 and A321 medium-haul family and continues with the new A330 and A350 long-haul aircraft. On Wednesday December 15, Airbus also experienced a new success, with the order of seven A350 cargo version, plus five others as an option, this time placed by Singapore Airlines.
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