Qantas has announced a large order for Airbus aircraft, which includes 12 Airbus A350 aircraft for Project Sunrise. It had been waiting for decisions to begin the most anticipated project of Qantas, which had announced direct flights from Australia’s east coast to Europe and New York. The airline challenged Boeing and Airbus to develop an aircraft capable of ultra-long-distance flights that would revolutionize Australian air travel.
The direct flights were dubbed Project Sunrise, a nod to Qantas’ legendary Double Sunrise flights across the Indian Ocean during WWII, which lasted long enough to see two sunrises.
Qantas has initiated the Project Sunrise project in a wise manner. It conducted experimental flights to better understand the passengers’ experiences and what should be remembered to improve flight comfort on long flights. as it is gathering information
Qantas flew three Project Sunrise research flights with its Boeing 787 dash 9 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 aircraft to collect groundbreaking data on in-flight passenger and crew health and well-being. The flights carried a limited number of passengers in order to reduce weight and followed two Project Sunrise routes from London and New York to Sydney.
Across three flights and thousands of data points, Qantas gained nearly 60 hours of Project Sunrise flying experience. The Airbus A350 was chosen as the preferred aircraft for Project Sunrise flights in December 2019, with an additional fuel tank to be added to extend range of the Aircraft.
The Race Between the Boeing 787 and the A350, Finally, Qantas confirms an order with Airbus for 12 A350 dash 1000 aircraft for Project Sunrise flights beginning in late 2025.
Let us learn more about the aircraft that prompted Qantas to select the Airbus A350. As part of the project, the A350 is the most advanced, with observations and data records indicating that it is suitable for long flights.
The A350 has an overall length of 73.79 meters and can carry up to 480 passengers, but Qantas will carry 238 passengers across four classes (First, Business, Premium and Economy), with more than 40% of the cabin dedicated to premium seating. In comparison, competitor airlines offer more than 300 seats.
According to Airbus, the A350-1000 has a maximum range of up to 16,100 km and can fly further with an additional fuel tank. Additionally, Airbus has built a special version A350-1000ULR, where ULR stands for ‘Ultra Long Range.’
Qantas and Airbus collaborated to develop the Project Sunrise A350-1000ULR, which will be outfitted with an extra fuel tank, as well as other engineering modifications and design and technical refinements required to fly nonstop for up to 21 hours, which Qantas believes will be longer than the longest Project Sunrise flight and allows some leeway for extra flying time caused by strong headwinds and unexpected landing delays.
Let’s take a look at the interiors of the Airbus A350. Almost all of the seats have enough leg room for stretching, and there is even a Wellbeing Zone where passengers can exercise, as well as a self-service snack station and digital displays that provide movement and stretching recommendations.
It has the most spacious cabin and the fewest seats of any A350-1000 in service. The A350 has six spacious First Suites, each with its own privacy door, separate bed and lounge chair, and an individual wardrobe for each passenger. as well as a 32-inch in-flight entertainment screen Its 52 Business suites, all with direct aisle access, are intended to redefine long-distance business travel.
Experience a new level of comfort with 40 Premium Economy seats with a 40″ pitch and 140 Economy seats with a 33″ pitch.
according to Executive Traveler At a previously published list price of US$366.5 million per A350, even a dozen A350s for Project Sunrise represents a massive outlay of US$4.4 billion, though airlines typically receive discounts of up to 50% off the sticker price for bulk fleet orders.
The prestigious QF1/QF2 badge, which has traditionally been assigned to the Sydney-Singapore-London flight, will be transferred to the nonstop Sydney-London service. Nonstop Sydney-New York flights will be introduced as QF3/QF4.