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Qantas flight: Qantas to launch longest non-stop passenger flight

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Qantas flight: Qantas to launch longest non-stop passenger flight

Qantas announced on Monday that it will launch the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight, with passengers flying 19 hours from Sydney to London by the end of 2025.

After five years of planning, the airline said it would order 12 Airbus A350-1000s to operate Project Sunrise flights to cities including London and New York.

It said direct flights would start from Sydney by the end of 2025, with long-haul trips to include Melbourne later planned.

“New aircraft make new things possible,” Qantas chairman Alan Joyce said in a statement.

“The A350 and Sunrise will bring any city within one flight of Australia,” he said.

“This is the final frontier and the final solution to the tyranny of distance.”

Qantas operated research flights for long-haul routes in 2019, including a 17,800-kilometre (11,030-mile) London-Sydney trial, which took 19 hours and 19 minutes.

The New York-Sydney test flight that same year covered 16,200 kilometers (10,200 miles) and took a little over 19 hours.

Singapore Airlines currently operates the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight from Singapore to New York, covering 16,700 kilometers (10,400 miles) in less than 19 hours.

Qantas has carried out the 14,498km Perth-London journey in 17 hours.

– ‘Maximum comfort’ – “As you might expect, the cabin is designed for maximum comfort on long flights,” Joyce said.

Qantas said the new A350s will feature first-class suites for 238 passengers, complete with a separate bed, chaise lounge and wardrobe.

It promises a wider economy zone and a “wellness zone” designed for “exercise, stretch and hydration”.

Airbus listed the A350-1000 at $366.5 million (348 million euros) in its 2018 catalog, the last it released.

Qantas said it also ordered 40 A321 XLR and A220 aircraft from Airbus.

In addition, it has purchased options for another 94 of these aircraft until the end of 2034.

The A220 model was listed for between $81 million and $91.5 million in 2018. The A321 was launched after Airbus stopped publishing list prices.

Qantas said the total cost of the deal was a matter of business confidence, although it said it had received a significant discount to the plane’s standard price.

“The A320 and A220 will be the backbone of our domestic fleet for the next 20 years, helping to keep this country going,” Joyce said.

He said newer planes would reduce emissions by at least 15 percent if they used fossil fuels, and more if they used sustainable aviation fuels.

“We’ve gone through the flip side of the pandemic, a company with a different structure,” the airline boss said.

“We have a higher domestic market share and demand for direct international flights is even stronger than before the pandemic.”

Qantas said the A350-1000 aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofan engines, which are designed to be 25 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous generation aircraft.

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