With this ultra-luxurious product, somewhat reminiscent of First Class in Singapore Airlines’ A380s, Qantas hopes that even the wealthiest travelers will be willing to board the approximately 20 flights. Besides the A380, the A350 is the only type in which the Australian airline offers a First Class cabin.
The A350-1000s have a total of 238 seats on board, which is quite little for an aircraft of this size. There are a total of four classes on board: in addition to First Class, there are also Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. To make the stay in the latter class a little more pleasant, the passengers there get slightly more legroom than average: about 5 centimeters extra.
Qantas will deploy the A350-1000s on new ultra-long routes from Sydney to New York and London from 2025. Flights from Melbourne will also follow later. The fact that the A350s can bridge these enormous distances in one go is because Airbus places an extra fuel tank in the aircraft. It also helps for the flight range that there are relatively few seats on board.
View an impression of the new First Class below. This class will not be included in the 787s with which Qantas flies from Perth to Europe: Business Class remains the most luxurious cabin.