Australian airline Qantas is ordering a new Airbus A350 aircraft that will allow it to start operating the first non-stop flight between London and Sydney.
Qantas will begin taking the first delivery of 12 Airbus A350-1000s in 2025 as it plans to launch uninterrupted service from Sydney to both London and New York, making it the world’s longest flight with a flight time of approximately 19 hours. .
The initiative, known as Project Sunrise, comes as Qantas renews its fleet of short-haul aircraft with orders for 20 Airbus A321XLRs and 20 Airbus A220-300s.
Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group, said: “The A350 and Project Sunrise will take any city just one flight away from Australia. It is the ultimate solution to the oppression of the last frontier and distance. As you might expect, the cabin has been specially designed for long-haul flights for maximum comfort in all classes.
“We have come to the other end of the epidemic with a structurally different organization. We have a bigger domestic market share and the demand for direct international flights is stronger than ever before. ”
The airline launched its first non-stop flight between Australia and the UK in 2018 when it launched a service between Heathrow and Perth with a flying time of about 17 hours.
Project Sunrise aircraft will be 25 percent more fuel efficient than current aircraft. The A350s will carry 238 passengers in four categories: First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy, of which more than 40 percent is dedicated to airline premium seats.
Quantas added that the cabin will be “specially configured for enhanced comfort” on this ultra-long-haul flight and will also have a wellness area for passengers. The service is expected to start by the end of 2025.