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Qantas closer to firming Boeing order

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Qantas, which delayed an expansion of its international fleet when it faced financial difficulties, could be back in growth mode later this year, with a firmorder for Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered from 2017.
Sources said an internal team at the airline had prepared a robust business case for exercising its options and purchase rights over the long-range, twin-engine aircraft type that is already operated by Air New Zealand, United Airlines and other global carriers.
Qantas's low-cost arm, Jetstar, operates the slightly smaller 787-8 on its long-haul international flights.
In August, Qantas pushed back the exercise date of the first 787-9 options to the 2017 calendar year from 2016 and it needs to make a decision toward the end of this year on whether to exercise the option over the first of 20 guaranteed delivery slots. The 30 purchase rights lack the guarantee of a delivery slot in a particular year.




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I was at Boeing yesterday in Everett and Jetstar 787 Number 8? is due to have engines fitted fairly soon. These was one 787 in front of it for LAN. They are certainly hoping for an order from Qantas, although production is running well at present.
 
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