Both Airbus and Boeing have said they are working on aircraft to meet the requirements of Qantas’ Project Sunrise.
Project Sunrise is designed to meet Qantas’ requirement for ultra-long-range (ULR) aircraft capable of operating non-stop from Sydney or Melbourne to London.
Boeing is said to be close to finalising the design for a variant of the Boeing 777-8X which will offer the range required by the Australian airline.
Speaking to press at a recent IATA conference, Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior managing director for marketing analysis and sales support Darren Hulst said: “We are really happy and encouraged by the pace of development to this point in terms of the schedule, in terms of the technology, in terms of the progress.”
Airbus, who already have a ULR variant of the A350-900 has said it is “onboard” with Project sunrise and is looking at ways to extend the range of the A350 family.
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