Qantas has unveiled the next generation aeroplanes that will take countless Australian passengers direct to Europe and the US.
Qantas has unveiled the next generation aeroplanes that will take Australian passengers direct to the likes of London and New York.
The fleet includes 12 custom-built Airbus A350-1000s jets that will take off from Sydney and Melbourne from late 2025.
Ultra-long haul routes will be the mammoth planes’ specialty, with the route from Australia to global hubs expected to take 19 hours.
The aircraft are 25 per cent more fuel efficient than previous models and feature four different sections – first class, business, premium economy and economy.
Luxe first class suites will be decked out with a separate bed, recliner lounge chair and personal wardrobe.
Those in business will also have their own suite, while new premium economy and economy seats will be pitched at 40 and 33 inches (102 and 84cm) respectively.
A dedicated wellbeing zone is designed for movement, stretching and hydration aid for passengers in the two lower classes.
Three Project Sunrise – as the routes are touted by Qantas — research flights took place from New York and London to Sydney in 2019.
Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said the new routes aimed to connect Australia’s biggest cities with most of the world’s hubs.
“The A350 and Project Sunrise will make any city just one flight away from Australia. It’s the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance,” he said.
“As you’d expect, the cabin is being specially designed for maximum comfort in all classes for long-haul flying.
“New types of aircraft make new things possible.”
The planes will be delivered to Australia from 2025 to 2028.