Few airlines face the challenge that Australian national company Qantas has faced. For years, a flight had been planned to cover the 17,000-kilometre journey between Sydney on the southeast coast of Australia and the British capital. The record-breaking 20-hour flight is expected to take off in 2025, with the company now announcing the purchase of the plane.
The long design was necessary given the challenges posed by the standard long flight, and few machines could cover this distance with sufficient reliability and comfort rather than casually economical. The Australian choice ultimately fell on the Airbus A350-1000, 12 of which were designated for the flight.
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This morning we received a special Tweet embed A350-1000 to Sydney – The aircraft will operate non-stop flights from Australia to other cities including New York and London, starting at the end of 2025. pic.twitter.com/ldXHEihHtq
– Qantas May 2, 2022
There will be 238 seats on the Qantas flight, with more than 40 percent of the board dedicated to premium seats. Guaranteed that first-class passengers won’t be overwhelmed by the long journey, all they have to do is decide what kind of fine champagne they can sip on while picking items from a one-of-a-kind menu created by a chef while relaxing in spacious seating that easily converts into a bed.
Another question is how comfortable the passengers will be in the 140-class economy seat. Qantas revealed quite a bit about this, all you know is that there will be a space where there will be no seats, and the passengers standing here, stretched out, can relax in a fully optimized seat while making the most of the space.
Singapore Airlines currently operates the longest flight of 16,700 km from Singapore to New York, which takes about 19 hours. Qantas recently launched a direct 17-hour flight from Perth to London.