QANTAS ASKS AIRBUS, BOEING TO “SHARPEN THEIR PENCILS” ON PROJECT SUNRISE

The Airbus A350-1000 is a candidate aircraft for the Qantas Project Sunrise evaluation. (Victor Pody)

Qantas international chief executive Tino La Spina says the airline has asked Airbus and Boeing “to sharpen their pencils” on their Project Sunrise proposals.

Meanwhile, Boeing has proposed its 777-8X platform alongside an “interim solution” with an undisclosed aircraft type. Both products can do the mission”, La Spina said during Qantas’s investor day presentations in Sydney on Tuesday.

The technical evaluation showed Airbus and Boeing could offer an aircraft that would be able to operate a full payload between Sydney and New York.

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We’re not doing that”, La Spina said.

Further, La Spina said pilots had the most to gain from the growth in the fleet that will follow from the introduction of new aircraft for these ultra long-haul flights.

“If we get growth aircraft that means we need more pilots to fly. Qantas domestic chief executive Andrew David told the investor day that prior to the introduction of the 787-9 the airline group was training about 200 pilots a year to cover retirements and pilot movements.

Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) president Mark Sedgwick has said pilots were supportive of Project Sunrise. AIPA is the union representing Qantas pilots.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham  https://thewofa.com/2019/11/qantas-asks-airbus-boeing-to-sharpen-their-pencils-on-project-sunrise/