© Reuters. Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

(Reuters) – Australia’s Qantas on Monday said it will buy 12 Airbus SE (OTC:) jets capable of non-stop flights from Sydney to London, getting off the ground its long-delayed plans for the world’s longest commercial flights.

Reuters on Sunday reported, citing sources, that the carrier was set to announce the deal which brings it closer to launching record-breaking direct flights of nearly 20 hours on the “Kangaroo route” between Sydney and London by mid-2025.

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