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Qantas will continue plans for non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to New York and London.

The airline’s Project Sunrise was put on hold due to COVID, but is now back on track.

Qantas has struck a deal to buy 12 Airbus A350-1000s, capable of making the trip in one go.


The aircraft produces fewer emissions and less noise while offering greater range.

Qantas plans to equip the new planes to carry 238 passengers in four classes, including first class.

It will dedicate 40% of its cabin to premium seats while economy passengers will enjoy more legroom.

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It is also promising that the cabin will be specially designed to make long flights more comfortable for passengers while also having dedicated wellness areas where people can stretch out.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has said new ultra-long-haul flights will begin by the end of 2025.

“New aircraft types make new things possible. That’s what makes today’s announcement so important for the national carrier and for a country like Australia where air travel is crucial,” said Joyce.

“Throughout our history, the planes we have flown have defined the times in which we find ourselves. The 707 ushered in the age of the jet, the 747 democratized travel and the A380 brought a whole new level of comfort.

“The A350 and Project Sunrise will allow any city to be a single flight away from Australia. It is the last frontier and the last solution to the tyranny of distance. As you would expect, the cabin is specially designed for maximum comfort in all classes for long-haul flights.

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Qantas also plans to purchase up to 134 Airbus A321XLRs and A220-300s to replace its aging domestic fleet of Boeing 737s and 717s.

The first 40 should arrive at the end of next year.

The announcement comes as the airline warns of a large full-year loss despite a strong second half of the financial year as travel rebounds.

Travel demand saw the airline’s domestic arm operate at 110% of pre-COVID capacity over the Easter holidays.

Rising revenue in the fiscal third quarter helped Qantas reduce debt by $1 billion.