The airline notes that 12 Airbus A350-1000 airliners will be purchased to perform the flights.
Leading Australian airline Qantas has announced the resumption of a program of ultra-long non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York. As reported in the statement of the airline, published on Monday, direct flights to these cities will be operated from Sydney and Melbourne from the end of 2025.
The airline notes that 12 Airbus A350-1000 airliners will be purchased to perform flights on the routes of the Sunrise-Qantas project, which provides for the opening of a number of new destinations from the east coast of Australia. “Qantas <…> will provide a new level of comfort for passengers on these direct flights and will reduce the total travel time by at least 4 hours by eliminating [intermediate] boarding,” the text says.
As the airline’s CEO Alan Joyce noted, ultra-long non-stop routes “will allow you to get from Australia to almost any city in the world in just one flight.” “This is the last frontier and the final solution to the problem of distances, which has traditionally challenged travel to the continent. Direct flights from Perth to London, which opened in 2017, demonstrated a high demand for this kind of travel, but <…> flights on Qantas A350 will set a new standard for long-distance travel,” Joyce said, noting that they will open the Sunrise-Qantas program for flights to London and New York, however later it will have routes to Paris and Frankfurt.
It is expected that the first A350-1000 aircraft will be delivered to Australia at the end of 2025, and the entire ordered batch will arrive on the continent by mid-2028.