American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is about to get an additional order from 787-10 Dreamliner from Qantasaccording to industry sources cited by the agency Reuters.
It would be Qantas’ first order for the 787-10, a stretched version of the 787-9 with a shorter range, designed to compete with the Airbus A350-900. In June, new Qantas chief executive Vanessa Hudson said the Australian airline would launch a tender to replace existing A330s by the end of the year.
In 2022, Qantas announced a landmark order for a dozen Airbus A350-1000s – the European maker’s largest widebody aircraft, capable of non-stop flights from Sydney to London and Sydney to New York. – as part of its initiative “Project Sunrise” for very long-haul flights.
Sources say the upcoming 787-10 order will tip orders in favor of Boeing. It will strengthen the Dreamliner family’s presence in the Australian flag carrier’s fleet, which currently operates 14 787-9 aircraft.