Australian airline Qantas announced on Monday that it will launch the world’s first non-stop commercial flights linking Sydney with London and New York by the end of 2025.
It will order 12 Airbus A350-1000s for “Project Sunrise” flights to cities such as London and New York from Sydney by the end of 2025, Qantas said in a statement.
“New types of planes make new things possible,” Qantas chairman Alan Joyce said in a statement.
Thanks to “A350 and Project Sunrise”, “any city (will be) just one flight from Australia”, he added. “It is the final frontier and the definitive solution against the tyranny of distance”.
Qantas carried out research flights for long-haul flights in 2019, including a 17,750 kilometer London-Sydney test flight, which lasted 19 hours and 19 minutes.
The airline already operates a 14,498 kilometer Perth-London route, which takes 17 hours.
“As you’d expect, the cabin is specially designed for maximum comfort for long-haul flights,” Joyce said.
Qantas said the new A350 plane would be configured for 238 passengers in total with first class offering a separate bed, recliner and wardrobe.
It promises roomier economy sections and an area designed to “move, stretch and hydrate.”
Singapore Airlines currently operates the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight between Singapore and New York, which takes approximately 19 hours.
At the same time, Qantas confirmed that it is also ordering 40 A321 XLR and A220 planes from Airbus. Additionally, the company has taken options to purchase another 94 of these aircraft through the end of 2034.
“The A320s and A220s will become the backbone of our national fleet for the next 20 years, helping to move this country forward,” according to the president of the airline.
The new plane would cut emissions by at least 15% if it ran on fossil fuels, and more if it used sustainable aviation fuel, he said.
“Coming out of the pandemic, we are a structurally different company,” said Alan Joyce.
“Our domestic market share is higher and the demand for direct international flights is even stronger than it was before Covid.”
Qantas said the full cost of the deal was a matter of commercial confidence. He said he got a significant discount off the standard price of the device.
The A350-1000 planes will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofan engines, designed to be 25% more fuel efficient than the previous generation of planes, Qantas said.
The longest commercial flights in the world
Australian airline Qantas announced on Monday that it will launch the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights by the end of 2025, connecting Sydney to London and New York in just over 19 hours on board Airbus. A3500-1000.
Only a handful of companies offer non-stop flights over such a long distance because they pose problems in terms of aircraft capacity, commercial viability and even the health of crew and passengers.
Here are some of the longest flights in the world in terms of time in the air:
Singapore – New York JFK in 18 hours 40 mins
Singapore Airlines flight SQ24, which connects the city-state to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, is the longest commercial flight in the world to date. It is aboard an Airbus A350-900 that passengers make this journey of more than 15,000 kilometres.
The Singaporean company also offers the second longest flight in the world. The SQ22 takes 18 hours and 25 minutes from Changi Airport in Singapore to Newark Airport in New Jersey, near New York.
Darwin – London in 17 hours and 55 mins
Currently, Qantas’ longest flight, QF9, is a daily long-haul between Darwin in northern Australia and London. Passengers travel nearly 14,000 km aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Originally, this flight took off from the city of Perth, in the west of the country, but it was relocated to Darwin due to Covid-19 restrictions in Australia. Qantas said it would resume the Perth-London route this year.
Singapore – Los Angeles in 17 hours 10 mins
Singapore Airlines flight SQ35 connects the city-state to Los Angeles on the west coast of the United States, more than 14,000 km, in 17 hours and 10 minutes.
The carrier’s San Francisco-Singapore is 16 hours and 40 minutes.
New York-Hong Kong in 16-17 hours?
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific announced in March that it planned to operate the world’s longest passenger flight due to a route change between New York and Hong Kong.
This route would be longer than that of Singapore Airlines flight SQ24 to JFK. The flight path will cover “a little less than 9,000 nautical miles” – or 16,668 kilometers – in 16 to 17 hours, the airline told AFP in a statement.
She declined to comment on why her flight path avoids Russian airspace, which she has flown through in the past, according to Bloomberg.
Many airlines have canceled routes to Russian cities or are avoiding Russian airspace due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Cathay Pacific said the decision was made due to “strong seasonal tailwinds”.