Qantas cancels an order for eight Airbus A380

Sydney - On February 6, Qantas announced that it would cancel an order for eight Airbus A380. The Australian carrier said the superjumbos of Airbus do not fit into the fleet plans of the company.

After negotiations with the aircraft manufacturer, it was decided that the order from 2006 for eight Airbus A380 would be canceled, a Qantas spokesperson told Reuters news agency.

Earlier this month, another big Airbus A380 customer Emirates has announced that it was considering to replace its remaining A380 orders with the A350s. In the light of recent progresses, the European manufacturer may soon decide to discontinue the program for its iconic superjumbo.

"Airbus may have to close A380 production lines earlier than expected"

The Australian flag carrier has twelve Airbus A380 in its fleet. The airline plans to continue to fly with these A380s for years to come. From the second half of the year, the cabins of the Qantas' superjumbos will feature a new interior design to offer a more comfortable travel experience to its guests.

The airline spokesperson did not comment on whether the company will place an order for the smaller A350 instead. Qantas is in close coordination with Airbus and Boeing for an ultra-long-range widebody variant that can directly fly to Europe from the eastern coast of Australia as part of its ambitious project named "Project Sunrise".