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Qantas launches non-stop Sydney-London, NY flights by end of 2025

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Qantas announced on Monday that it will launch the world’s first non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London and New York by the end of 2025, finally conquering the “tyranny of distance”.

After five years of planning, the airline said it was ordering 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to operate “Project Sunrise” flights to cities including London and New York.

Non-stop flights will start from Sydney by the end of 2025, it said, with long-haul flights planned to include Melbourne later.

“New types of aircraft make new things possible,” Qantas president Alan Joyce said in a statement.

“The A350 and Project Sunrise will make any city just one flight away from Australia,” he said. “It is the final frontier and the final determination for the tyranny of distance.”

Qantas operated research flights for long-haul flights in 2019, including a 17,750-kilometre (11,030 mi) London-Sydney flight, which took 19 hours and 19 minutes.

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The airline already operates a 14,498 km Perth-London journey which takes 17 hours.

“As you would expect, the cabin is specifically designed for maximum comfort for long-haul flight,” said Joyce.

Qantas said the new A350 aircraft will be configured for a total of 238 passengers, with first-class suites offering a separate bed, recliner chair and wardrobe.

It promised a spaceier economy section and a “wellness zone,” designed for “movement, stretch, and hydration.”

Singapore Airlines currently operates the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight from Singapore to New York with a time of approximately 19 hours.

At the same time, Qantas confirmed that it was also ordering 40 A321 XLR and A220 aircraft from Airbus. In addition, it purchased options for another 94 of these aircraft by the end of 2034.

“The A320 and A220 will form the backbone of our domestic fleet for the next 20 years, helping this country grow,” Joyce said.

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The new aircraft would reduce emissions by at least 15% if running on fossil fuels, and if using sustainable aviation fuels, he said.

“We have come to the other side of the pandemic through a structurally different company,” the airline boss said. “We have a higher domestic market share and demand for direct international flights is even stronger than before COVID. The business case for Project Sunrise has an internal rate of return in the mid-teens.”

Qantas said the overall cost of the deal was a matter of business confidence, though indicated it had obtained a significant discount on the standard price of the aircraft.

Qantas said the A350-1000 planes will be powered by a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofan engine, which is designed to be 25% more fuel efficient than previous generation aircraft.

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