Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Qantas Airways has taken a significant step in launching its long-awaited “Project Sunrise” project, which operates direct flights between Australia, New York and US cities. London British.
The airline has ordered 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft with the hope of operating long-haul routes by 2025.
In total, there will be 238 seats on each aircraft, the lowest of the Airbus A350 currently in service.
These seats are divided into four types of services namely First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
Comfort is essential because these flights take more than 19 hours, making them the longest non-stop flights in the world.
The aircraft’s interior design renderings provide some clues as to what Qantas is planning for passengers.
Photos of first class rooms show separate beds, reclining chairs and lockers.
“Healthy areas” are common areas of the aircraft that store snacks and healthy drinks, as well as space for passengers to get up and stretch.
Years of dreaming
The Australian national carrier has made no secret of its goal of operating direct flights between Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and between New York and London.
Qantas named the project the Sunrise Project.
The name was inspired by World War II covert flights en route from Perth, Australia to London, Sri Lanka.
The treks were so dangerous that they lasted so long that they saw the sun rise twice.
“For more than 100 years, Qantas has been at the forefront of transforming world travel, especially with direct flights,” Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group, said in a statement. Sunrise is fair in any city in the world. A flight from Australia. “
In 2019, the airline conducted a series of test flights on routes from Sydney to New York and as a test flight from Sydney to London.
The health of the crew and passengers on board was monitored during the flight to see how this long journey might affect future passengers.
Observers filmed sleep patterns, functional cycles, food and beverage consumption, and other data.
Like many travel plans around the world, sunrise is affected by the corona virus.
Joyce, however, stressed that the project is a priority for Qantas.
Last year, Joyce told CNN presenter Richard Quest, “Once we’re done in early 2022[உள்நாட்டு குவாண்டாஸ் கடற்படையை மேம்படுத்துவதை]Once completed, we will review the Sunrise plan again, perhaps in 2024 or 2025. Due to the delay. “”.
What happens next?
Although the first “Sunrise” aircraft are still a long way off, Qantas has already begun to consider expanding its offer when it comes to ultra-long-haul flights.
After establishing routes to New York and London, the company confirmed that it was considering the possibility of operating direct flights to the French capital Paris and the German city of Frankfurt in the future.
In 2019, Qantas listed Brisbane as one of East Australia’s hubs for these aircraft, but it is not yet clear whether it is part of the Sunrise plan.
The first 17-hour non-stop flight connecting the Australian city of Melbourne and the US city of Dallas took off in March 2022.
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