Na verdade ela ainda não escolheu definitivamente, mas é o avião preferido para o Project Sunrise.
A decisão final vai ser em março de 2020, ate la a Boeing vai tentar reverter a situação, vamos acompanhar
Mas já estão dando como certa a morte do 777-8, uma pena
QANTAS UPDATE ON PROJECT SUNRISE
Airbus A350 selected as preferred aircraft (no order placed)
Deadline for confirming delivery slots extended by one month
Regulatory support for ultra long haul routes, pending formal application
Discussions with pilots ongoing
Qantas is today announcing several important developments for Project Sunrise ahead of a final go/no go decision, which will now take place in March 2020.
After detailed evaluation of the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350, Qantas has selected the A350-1000 as the preferred aircraft if Sunrise proceeds. This aircraft uses the Rolls Royce Trent XWB engine, which has a strong reliability record after being in service with airlines for more than two years. Airbus will add an additional fuel tank and slightly increase the maximum takeoff weight to deliver the performance required for Sunrise routes.
No orders have been placed but Qantas will work closely with Airbus to prepare contract terms for up to 12 aircraft ahead of a final decision by the Qantas Board.
Airbus has agreed to extend the deadline to confirm delivery slots from February 2020 to March 2020. This provides additional time to negotiate an industrial agreement without impacting the planned start date of Project Sunrise flights in the first half of calendar 2023.