Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has confirmed that it told Airbus and Boeing that it would not be taking any new aircraft in the "near term", Reuters has reported.

The decision affects three final B787-9s due later this year, as well as the first of its eighteen ordered A321-200neo(LR)s. The Australian airline said that it would not provide a revised timeline for deliveries at this time due to the uncertainty in the market.

The narrowbody jets will be operated by Jetstar Airways (JQ, Melbourne Tullamarine). All 18 were originally due to deliver by mid-2022.

Qantas had earlier suspended the confirmation of its tentative order for twelve A350-1000(ULRs) through 2021.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Qantas currently has outstanding firm orders for three B787-9s, forty-five A320-200neo, twenty-eight A321neo(LR)s, and thirty-six A321neo(XLR)s.