Airbus competing with Boeing for Project Sunrise deal
The Australian airline, Qantas, has previously announced plans to launch a non-stop flight between two of the farthest locations in the world – London and Sydney.
The company’s CEO, Alan Joyce, challenged the European and American aircraft manufacturers, Airbus SE and Boeing, to create a plane capable of handling the 20-hour flight.
“We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it,” the CEO stated, Bloomberg reported.
The France-based manufacturer travelled to Australia to present its A350 model, competing with Boeing for the deal with the carrier – which is expected to select the aerospace designer next year.
“We are looking at all the options to meet the Project Sunrise requirements but can’t comment on the details of our discussions with Qantas,” Airbus wrote in an email, according to Bloomberg.
The manufacturers are aiming to design a vehicle that can do more than hold enough fuel to travel 300 passengers and their luggage for more than 10,500 miles.
Qantas and Airbus are aiming to produce an innovative plane that provides enough facilities for such a long journey.
“We’re challenging ourselves to think outside the box,” stated Joyce.
“Would you have the space used for other activities -- exercise, bar, creche, sleeping areas and berths? Boeing and Airbus have been actually quite creative in coming up with ideas.”
“I’m actually confident that it will get there and we will have aircraft in 2022.”
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