According to the portal specialized in tourism Breaking Travel News, Qantas, Australia’s national airline, confirmed an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000s to conquer the last frontier of long-haul travel and enable non-stop flights to Australia from any city, including New York and London, from the end of 2025.
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Qantas, codenamed Project Sunrise after the airline’s long history of endurance flying, has also shared preliminary concepts for its A350 cabin of the future. It will offer a new level of comfort for all passengers on these direct flights that will shave up to four hours off the total journey.
Passengers on the new aircraft fleet will be able to travel in suites first class rooms that have a separate bed, recliner and personal wardrobe (see video). They can also opt for a state-of-the-art business suite, for a seat Premium Economy and for a new seat economy, recliners.
Although these planes have capacity for 348 passengers, the Qantas fleet will offer 238 seats to achieve more space; this is the lowest number of occupants compared to any other A350-1000 in service.
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The design of the cabin -provided with a wellness area designed for the movement, stretching and hydration of passengers- was made taking into account the results of medical and scientific observations made during three research flights of Project Sunrise, carried out out from London and New York to Sydney in 2019.
It is worth noting that there are about 16,000 kilometers between these two destinations, and that at that time Qantas completed a direct flight between the two cities in 19 hours and 16 minutes. It was the longest commercial flight test in the world. The commercialization of the route had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
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Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce recalled that the airline has always been at the forefront of transforming the way the world travels, particularly through direct flights: “The A350 and Project Sunrise will make almost any city world is just a flight away from Australia. It is the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance that has traditionally challenged travel to Australia.”
He added that the first Project Sunrise flights will be from New York and London, “but the aircraft will also be able to operate non-stop flights to Australia from destinations such as Paris and Frankfurt.”
With information from Breaking Travel News
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