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The Qantas decision to opt for Airbus A320 Family and the smaller A220 for its fleet replacement of the 162-seat 737 NG and smaller regional jets is a defining moment in aviation and should send Boeing back to the drawing board to build the 797.

Qantas is one of the world’s most respected airlines and its aircraft evaluation is beyond question and the airline’s selection for years has set the trend in aircraft success with such designs as the 707 and 747.

In 2005, when it ordered the Boeing 787, it forced Airbus to totally redesign its A350 into the very successful aircraft it is today.


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World-renowned, multi-award-winning writer, author, and commentator who has taken a holistic view of the aviation industry for more than 40 years. Geoffrey has 42 awards for his works including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has authored 11 books on the industry. He is the former SE-Asian Editor for McGraw Hill’s flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology and the former Chief Editor of US-based Air Transport World.

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