Australian operator Qantas Group has firmed orders for an additional nine Airbus A220-300s, taking its overall commitment to 29 of the twinjets.

The carrier had unveiled orders for A220s a year ago and, earlier this year, had signalled that it would take another batch.

Qantas will receive its first A220 towards the end of 2023 for service mainly on its domestic network.

The type is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines.

Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer says the aircraft will suit a route structure ranging from “short hops to flights of 5h and beyond”.

Qantas detailed a fleet-modernisation programme last year which included the A350-1000 and A321XLR as well as the A220s.

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Source: Qantas