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Coronavirus: Qantas cuts almost quarter of flights

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Australia's Qantas airline is making deeper cuts to its flights, with Asia and the US hit the hardest.

The company said it would reduce international flights by nearly 25% as it sees demand fall from passengers worried about the coronavirus.

Qantas and its budget airline Jetstar will reduce operations for the next six months.

It is the latest carrier to make cutbacks, aimed at weathering the storm from a sharp drop in passengers.

Qantas cuts almost quarter of flights

A Qantas airlines plane
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A Qantas airlines plane in a hangar

Australia's Qantas airline is making deeper cuts to its flights, with Asia and the US hit the hardest.

The company said it would reduce international flights by nearly 25% as it sees demand fall from passengers worried about the coronavirus.

Qantas and its budget airline Jetstar will reduce operations for the next six months.

It is the latest carrier to make cutbacks, aimed at weathering the storm from a sharp drop in passengers.

Qantas warns coronavirus impact of as much as $99m

A Qantas A380 taxis at Sydney Airport priot to the 100 Year Gala Event.
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Qantas has warned of a severe financial impact as the potentially deadly coronavirus dampens demand for travel in Asia.

The Australian airline said the outbreak would cost it up to A$150m ($99m; £76m) as it cuts flights to Asia by 15% until at least the end of May.

It comes amid wider concerns of the impact on the global economy.

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Qantas picks Airbus over Boeing for longest flights

An Airbus A350-1000 conducts a test flight over Chateauroux airport, central France
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Qantas has picked Airbus jets to fly its ultra long haul routes, dealing a blow to rival plane maker Boeing.

The airline selected the A350-1000 for its planned non-stop Sydney to London service, which would be the world's longest commercial flight.

Qantas also delayed a final decision on whether to begin those, and other long haul services, until March 2020.

The win for Airbus comes as Boeing deals with the grounding of its 737 Max fleet after two deadly crashes.