In a press release, the airline announced the order for 12 of the Airbus next generation widebody airframes, which Qantas claims could fly from the island nation to “any other city” in the world.
Aircraft to Feature 238 Seats in Four Classes, With Nearly Half Dedicated to Premium Classes
When the 12 A350-1000 aircraft are delivered to the Australian flag carrier, they will feature the fewest seats among A350 airframes in operation today. Over 40 percent of the 238 seats will be dedicated to three premium classes: First, business, and premium economy.
First class flyers will be seated in six private suites, featuring a recliner-lounge chair, separate bed, and a personal wardrobe all within the space. The 52 “next-generation business suite” is a semi-private seating option with direct aisle access. Aircraft will also feature 40 premium economy seats with 40 inches of pitch in a 2-4-2 configuration, while the remaining 140 economy seats will be configured 3-3-3 across with 33 inches of pitch.
All flyers will have access to a Wellbeing Zone lounge, designed to help travelers hydrate and stretch during the extended trips. The lounge is expected to offer water bottles, light snacks, and stretching instructions to help travelers stay limber while on the trip.
“The A350 and Project Sunrise will make almost any city in the world just one flight away from Australia,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in a press release. “It’s the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance that has traditionally challenged travel to Australia.”
The first trips are expected to launch by 2025 with direct trips to New York and London. Qantas eventually expects to expand the direct flight options to Paris and Frankfurt as well.
New Flights First Step in Aircraft Renewal Plan
With international travel reopening, Qantas is also using the opportunity to revitalize their existing fleet under codename “Project Winton.” The carrier currently has firm orders for 20 Airbus A321XLR and 20 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will ultimately replace their existing Boeing 717 and 737 airframes.
Source: frugal travel guy