London/Sydney — World  airlines are aiming for ultralong-haul flights and Airbus expects more carriers to order planes that can fly from one side of the Earth to the other. The European aircraft maker saw demand for 50 to 100 orders for a longer-range version of the A350 model, capable of flying from Sydney to London nonstop, Airbus chief salesman Eric Schulz said. Airbus and rival Boeing were talking to Qantas, Australia’s biggest carrier, for a plane that could fly the Sydney-London route without a break, company officials said. Called Project Sunrise, it would put Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, New York and Paris within direct reach of Australia’s eastern seaboard, Qantas said. Air New Zealand could also consider a longer-range version of the A350, Schulz said. "The heart of that long-range market will continue to be in Asia," Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing for Boeing, said separately. The US plane maker was still in talks with Qantas about the exact plane that could fly ...

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