Qantas has ordered twelve Airbus A350-1000s for the “Project Sunrise” with which it plans to offer direct flights to cities such as London and New York from 2025, starting from the Australian city of Sydney. “New aircraft types enable new things,” Qantas chairman Alan Joyce said in a statement Monday.
“With the A350 and Project Sunrise, every city is just one flight away from Australia,” said Joyce. “It is the final frontier and the final solution to the tyranny of distance.”
In October 2019, Qantas already successfully conducted a test flight between New York and Sydney with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. In a time of 19 hours and 16 minutes, the 16,200 kilometers between the two cities was bridged at the time, making it the longest direct scheduled flight ever completed. Later that year, the distance of 17,700 kilometers between London and Sydney was also flown in one go, a flight of 19 hours 19 minutes.
Singapore Airlines currently offers the longest non-stop scheduled flight, connecting Singapore with New York since 2018. The aircraft complete the 15,300 kilometer route in just under 18 hours.