Qantas pauses airplane deliveries from Boeing & Airbus

On Monday, Qantas Airways Ltd said it has advised Boeing Co and Airbus SE that it does not expect to take deliveries of any new planes in the near term on account of the coronavirus pandemic which has almost killed the demand for travel.

By the end of this year Qantas had earlier expected to add three Boeing 787-9 jets to its fleet and had expected to start taking deliveries of 18 Airbus A321neos by 2022.

Given the uncertainties in the market, Qantas has no longer any specific timeline for taking deliveries, said its spokesman while confirming a report from Executive Traveller, a travel website.

Most global carriers have grounded the bulk of their fleets and have halted taking aircraft deliveries in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to production cuts at Airbus and Boeing.

Last week Qantas said it had shelved plans to order this year up to 12 A350s capable of the world’s longest commercial flights from Sydney to London. It is now reviewing its fleet with the expectation that most international travel could take years to rebound.

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