Qantas announces plans for non-stop international flights from Australia’s east coast.
Travellers who are planning a long-haul trip on Australia’s east coast will be pleased to know Qantas is stepping up its game and planning to offer non-stop international flights to Europe and the United States.
Project Sunrise has been in the works for quite some time – several years in fact – and will see the airline order a new 12 Airbus A350s fleet capable of flying direct from Sydney it international cities like London and New York.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “New types of aircraft make new things possible. That’s what makes today’s announcement so significant for the national carrier and for a country like Australia where air travel is crucial.”
“Throughout our history, the aircraft we’ve flown have defined the era we’re in. The 707 introduced the jet age, the 747 democratised travel and the A380 brought a completely new level of comfort. 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. As you’d expect, the cabin is being specially designed for maximum comfort in all classes for long-haul flying.”
Flights are expected to take off by the end of 2025 with the new aircrafts dramatically cutting travel time by up to 3-4 hours. A trip from Australia to London is expected to be 20 hours and 20 minutes saving almost four hours, while a trip to New York is expected to take 18 hours, saving about 3 hours of travel time.
While all this is going down, the airline also confirmed it will be renewing its domestic fleet with an order for 20 Airbus A32XLRs and 20 A220-300s as they gradually retire their Boeing 737s and 717s.
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