Qantas buys Airbus A350-1000 jets for world’s longest non-stop flight

  • Qantas Airways has announced that it has ordered twelve A350-1000 aircraft from Airbus SE, as well as 40 narrow-body jets to renew its domestic fleet.
  • The A350-1000s will be used on what will become the world’s longest commercial non-stop flight from Sydney to London at 8 p.m.
  • The deal comes amid improving market conditions and a faster-than-expected increase in demand for domestic and international travel following the COVID-19 pandemic

MASCOT, Australia: Qantas Airways has announced that it has ordered twelve A350-1000 aircraft from Airbus SE, as well as 40 narrow-body jets to renew its domestic fleet.

The A350-1000s will be used on what will be the world’s longest commercial non-stop flight from Sydney to London at 8pm.

The deal comes amid improving market conditions and a faster-than-expected increase in demand for domestic and international travel following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qantas is expected to reduce its debt and forecast a return to profitability in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

“The board’s decision to approve what is the largest aircraft order in Australian aviation is a clear vote of confidence in the future of the Qantas Group,” said Chief Executive Alan Joyce.

The airline said that from late 2025 after the delivery of A350-1000s, non-stop flights from Sydney to London will only take about 20 hours.

It added that the A350’s will carry 238 passengers in first class, business class, premium economy and economy class, with more than 40 percent of the cabin dedicated to premium seats.

Joyce said the new domestic fleet will “reduce emissions by at least 15 percent if it runs on fossil fuels, and significantly better if it runs on sustainable jet fuel,” stressing that its “Project Sunris” would be carbon neutral from day one. to be.

In a blow to incumbent supplier Boeing, Qantas chose Airbus in December to supply new aircraft to renew its aging narrow-body fleet.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Qantas is about to announce the deal for the “Kangaroo Route” between Sydney and London.

In a separate filing, Qantas said that while it forecasts underlying operating losses for fiscal year 2022, improved domestic and international demand will benefit it in the second half of the year.

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