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Sydney, Australia - Australian flag carrier Qantas said that it won't take delivery of any new aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing as the de demand for air travel plunged drastically due to the outbreak.

Qantas was supposed to add three Boeing 787-9 jets to its fleet by the end of 2020 and the first of 18 A321neo jets in August of which deliveries are due by 2022.

There is no longer a specific timeline for them to arrive because the market is too uncertain, a Qantas spokesman said, confirming a report on travel website Executive Traveller. Many carriers around the world have grounded the bulk of their fleets and halted aircraft deliveries in response to the pandemic, leading Airbus and Boeing to cut production rates.


Qantas last week 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 said it was reviewing its fleet with the expectation that most international travel could take years to rebound.

More than 25,000 of the airline’s staff have been stood down until at least the end of June as the carrier is flying only 5% of its pre-crisis domestic passenger network and 1% of its pre-crisis international network.

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