Qantas launches contest to exchange small jets -sources


SYDNEY, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) has launched negotiations with planemakers aimed on the gradual renewal of its important narrowbody and regional airliner fleets, business sources mentioned.

The Australian provider is learning the Airbus (AIR.PA) A220 and Brazilian Embraer’s (EMBR3.SA) E2 to exchange a regional fleet of 20 Boeing 717s and 18 Fokker 100s, they added.

Airbus and Boeing (BA.N) will face off individually as Qantas seeks to resume an present fleet of narrowbody Boeing 737-800s, they mentioned. The mixed strikes are the beginning of what might result in staggered purchases involving 100 or extra jets over time.

In Boston, the place airline executives had been gathering for an business assembly, Qantas officers declined to remark. Planemakers Airbus, Boeing and Embraer additionally declined to remark.

Reporting by Jamie Freed, further reporting by Tim Hepher, enhancing by Philippa Fletcher

Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott