Qantas selects Airbus as preferred supplier of planes for potential Sydney-London flights

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd (AX:) said on Friday it had selected Airbus SE (PA:) as the preferred supplier for up to 12 A350-1000 aircraft capable of the world’s longest-ever commercial flights, from Sydney to London.

A final decision on whether to proceed with an order to allow for the first flights in the first half of 2023 is expected in March, the airline said in a statement. It remains subject to reaching a pay deal with pilots.

Boeing Co (N:) had proposed its rival 777-8 for the high-profile project.

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