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London to Sydney in under 20 hours will develop into world’s longest DIRECT flight from 2025

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London to Sydney in under 20 hours will develop into the world’s longest direct flight as Qantas pronounces plans to fly non-stop from the UK to Australia from 2025 on recent plans which is able to include wellbeing spaces for ‘stretching exercises’.

Qantas launched a direct flight from Perth to London Heathrow in 2017, but has now announced an order of 12 Airbus A350-1000s to ‘conquer the ultimate frontier of long-haul travel’.

The non-stop flights will allow ‘make almost any city on the earth one flight from Australia’, including London and Latest York.

It comes after ‘strong demand’ for the Perth to London flights because of ‘convenience and time savings’, while the brand new fleet of aircraft will ‘set a recent benchmark for premium long-haul travel’.

As a part of the brand new project, codenamed ‘Project Sunrise’, UK passengers will give you the option to expect more direct flights to Australia and ‘reduced point-to-point travel time’.

A trial flight from London to Sydney in 2019 took 19 hours and 19 minutes. 

The brand new aircraft will feature a seat count of 238, the bottom of its kind in service, and a dedicated wellbeing zone designed for ‘movement, stretching and hydration’ with complimentary water, fruit and snack bars.

The primary-class suites will include a personal area with door, a full-size flat-screen TV, a separate bed, a recliner lounge chair, and a private wardrobe for the cashed-up.

Qantas can even renew its narrow-body jets as a part of Project Winton with firm orders for 20 Airbus A321XLRs, and 20 A220-300s as its Boeing 737s and 717s are steadily retired.

The primary of those aircraft will start to reach in late 2023, with the order including purchase right options for an additional 94 aircraft for delivery through to at the least 2034.

An Airbus A350-1000 flight test aircraft flies over the Sydney Opera House to mark a serious fleet announcement by Australian airline Qantas (pictured)

The new aircrafts will be roomy enough to offer passengers the chance to stretch their legs throughout the lengthy flight (pictured)

The brand new aircrafts can be roomy enough to supply passengers the possibility to stretch their legs throughout the lengthy flight (pictured)

The interior of an Airbus A350-1000 test plane is seen at Sydney Airport for Qantas' announcement of an order for 12 of the planes

The inside of an Airbus A350-1000 test plane is seen at Sydney Airport for Qantas’ announcement of an order for 12 of the planes

Qantas staff wave Australian and British flags at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after landing at Heathrow Airport on March 25, 2018, following a historic direct flight from Perth

Qantas staff wave Australian and British flags on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after landing at Heathrow Airport on March 25, 2018, following a historic direct flight from Perth

The first class suite will offer something akin to a hotel room in the sky for cashed up passenger who want to do the 19-hour flight in luxury (pictured)

The top notch suite will offer something akin to a hotel room within the sky for cashed up passenger who need to do the 19-hour flight in luxury (pictured)

The 'Wellbeing Zone' will offer healthy snack and areas to stretch, walk and exercise within the plane's cabin (pictured) during the flight

The ‘Wellbeing Zone’ will offer healthy snack and areas to stretch, walk and exercise throughout the plane’s cabin (pictured) through the flight

The new state-of-the-art Airbus plane's will fly out from Sydney linking the city to Europe and America via non-stop flights (pictured)

The brand new state-of-the-art Airbus plane’s will fly out from Sydney linking town to Europe and America via non-stop flights (pictured)

 

 

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: ‘For greater than 100 years, Qantas has been on the forefront of reworking the way in which the world travels, particularly through direct flights. Now, the A350 and Project Sunrise will make almost any city on the earth only one flight away from Australia. 

‘It’s the last frontier and the ultimate fix for the tyranny of distance that has traditionally challenged travel to Australia.

‘Our direct Perth-London flights began in 2017 and showed strong demand for the convenience and time savings from this sort of travel if the product and repair is correct. 

‘Pre-COVID it was the longest route on our network and had the very best customer satisfaction on our network. All signs point to that demand increasing post-COVID.’

The primary ‘Project Sunrise’ flights can be from Latest York and London, however the aircraft can even give you the option to operate non-stop flights to Australia from destinations reminiscent of Paris and Frankfurt.

Mr Joyce continued: ‘The Qantas A350 travel experience can be truly exceptional, particularly across the premium cabins. Our First and Business Class Seats will set a recent benchmark for premium long-haul travel.

‘The primary Project Sunrise flights can be from Latest York and London, however the aircraft can even give you the option to operate non-stop flights to Australia from destinations reminiscent of Paris and Frankfurt.

‘The Australian national carrier also announced the renewal of its narrow body jets as a part of Project Winton with firm orders for 20 Airbus A321XLRs and 20 A220-300s as its Boeing 737s and 717s are steadily retired.

‘All of those next generation aircraft – through their lower emissions, longer range, less noise and higher economics – will improve how people travel around Australia and overseas.’  

Wayne Kwong rode in economy for the 17 hour flight and shared photos detailing his journey. 'Tasty, filling but not heavy on your stomach!' he wrote describing his meal (pictured)

Wayne Kwong rode in economy for the 17 hour flight and shared photos detailing his journey. ‘Tasty, filling but not heavy in your stomach!’ he wrote describing his meal (pictured)

Passengers on board shared photos of the specially crafted menu, complimentary amenity bags and the self-serve pantry, loaded with free snacks and drinks (pictured)

Passengers on board shared photos of the specially crafted menu, complimentary amenity bags and the self-serve pantry, loaded with free snacks and drinks (pictured)

A free-for-all snack cabinet was onboard which passengers could access throughout the flight A free-for-all snack cabinet was onboard which passengers could access throughout the flight

A free-for-all snack cabinet was available onboard where passengers could access food and drinks throughout the flight (pictured) 

In 2018, before Covid firmly halted international travel, the primary passengers on board the inaugural Qantas non-stop 17-hour flight from Perth to London shared their in-flight experience after the historic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The 17 hour and 20-minute journey on a plane called Emily ended a couple of minutes ahead of schedule at 5.02 am on Sunday after travelling 9,000 miles without stopping.

Self-proclaimed ‘aviation geek’ Wayne Kwong was a passenger within the economy section for the 17-hour flight and shared several photos on social media detailing his journey.

He shared photos of the menu, uploading a picture of a chicken breast accompanied by a glass of wine.

‘Specially designed meals for this ultra-long-haul flight. Tasty, filling but not heavy in your stomach! Well done Qantas,’ he wrote.

The legroom was spacious, and there was a ‘lovely retro pillow’ to assist prevent knee injuries for taller passengers, Mr Kwong said.

The aircraft is twice as fuel-efficient because the Boeing 747, has lower cabin noise, larger windows, improved air quality and technology to cut back turbulence.

Passengers on board shared photos of the specially crafted menu, complimentary amenity bags and the self-serve pantry, loaded with free snacks and drinks.

The flight was 24 per cent further than the UK’s previous longest route, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta, which is just 7,275 miles compared.

The inaugural trip took off with greater than 200 passengers and 16 crew members, and people on board began the journey with a round of applause.

The plane had 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats. 

Passengers were greeted with complimentary amenity bags, which included a sleeping mask, ear buds, a Qantas fleece blanket and a toothbrush.   

Dinner offerings included cheese ravioli with leek and mushroom cream sauce; and chicken with red rice and roasted Mediterranean vegetables. 

The meals were designed to maintain hydration, aid sleep and reduce jet lag, in line with the airline.

But to the dismay of many, free wifi was not available on the flight so passengers weren’t in a position to detail every moment of their trip. 

One other frequent criticism was the dearth of legroom.

In line with business class passenger Robert Williamson, a mining executive from Perth, the flight was ‘was surprisingly good — above my expectation’, he told the Independent.  

But economy passenger Peter Robinson, a builder from Liverpool, begged to differ. 

He said the specially crafted food items were bland and ‘odd’, but admitted the flight was ‘good, quicker than I believed.’

An infographic showing the Dreamliner aircraft that Qantas are using on the route. It has a range of 14,400 kilometres or almost 9,000 miles

An infographic showing the Dreamliner aircraft that Qantas are using on the route. It has a spread of 14,400 kilometres or almost 9,000 miles

After being parked at Heathrow for eight hours, the plane was scheduled to show right back around to Perth for an additional non-stop 17-hour flight for a second run.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who was one in every of the passengers on the inaugural flight, described it as a serious milestone for Australia in addition to global aviation.

He said: ‘This can be a truly historic flight that opens up a recent era of travel. For the primary time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link.

‘The unique Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it revamped 4 days back in 1947. Now we are able to do it in a single leap.

‘The response to the flight has been amazing, each for the eye it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we have seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting family and friends on each side of the world.’

Mr Joyce said an enormous amount of labor had gone into improving the experience for patrons taking the 17-hour journey.

A timeline by Qantas showing the changes it has made to its fleet culminating in the aircraft which flies their new Perth to London route

A timeline by Qantas showing the changes it has made to its fleet culminating within the aircraft which flies their recent Perth to London route

He added: ‘That is hands-down probably the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put within the sky.

‘Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to cut back jetlag, turbulence and noise. We have taken that a step further with our cabin design, giving passengers extra space in every class in addition to larger entertainment screens and more personal storage.

‘We have worked with the University of Sydney and our consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope higher with jetlag and adjusted the timing of after we serve food to encourage sleep.’

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