Are you ready for it Travel for about 20 hours, pay 15-20% more than usual for a ticket while saving 4-5 hours of travel? Qantas, the major and historic Australian airline, is convinced. And for this he officially embarked on the longest voyage in the world: Sydney-London, 17,750 km Which is covered today by at least one station. A bet of more than €2 billion which, according to the airline, should result in significant profits after a year or two of activity. Starts at the end of 2025 with a specially equipped Airbus A350-1000 Not only to load more kerosene but also to allow passengers the physical activity required for such long journeys Private wellness area.
After years of studies, including scientific medical studies, Qantas managing director Alan Joyce confirmed on May 2 that Project ALBA – the name given to the initiative – will finally see the light. Enough time to receive the first Airbus A350-1000 (order dozens), train cabin crew and offer tickets for sale (usually 6-8 months before takeoff). The A350-1000 – a longer and larger version of the A350-900 – will be delivered to Qantas 238 seats, which is a hundred less than the seats normally installed on this model. Inside, more than 40% of the seats will be premium class: 6 first class seats, 52 business seats, 40 premium economy seats, and basically, 140 economy seats. Our project and the A350 will allow every city in the world to be just one flight away from Australia, says CEO Joyce.
Inside the cabin
Inside the aircraft used for flights to London Qantas decided to save Wellness areas – sandwiched between premium economy and economy seats – where you can relax, practice yoga and hydrate to allow for better blood circulation. Since the trip requires you to spend twenty hours in a unique environment. The Qantas CEO is convinced that many people will prefer this connection to those with layovers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Doha or Dubai. The demand for non-stop flights since the outbreak of the pandemic has also grown due to the new travel requirements that individual countries require, Joyce stresses..
But How much will a direct flight cost more than a nonstop flight? Joyce did not want to reveal the rates except according to analysts Passengers have to pay 15-20% more than the average. This is in exchange for a connection that won’t require you to get off and back, maybe in the middle of the night, and save four hours. For experts, the arrival time in London – and vice versa in Sydney – will be important to make the connection more attractive. Joyce also announced that there will also be a direct flight from Sydney to New York at the end of 2025 It confirms what has been said long ago: Paris, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and possibly Frankfurt on the horizon.
Journey in Italy
Is it Italy? At the moment, Qantas is preparing to open the first direct route between our country and Australia: Rome Fiumicino – Perth, 13,400 km away. Take off from Perth is scheduled for June 22 aboard a Boeing 787-9, the same model the Australian airline has been using for some time between Perth and London Heathrow. If Boeing won the billionaire’s request to use the aircraft for direct connections between Australia and Europe, this time it was Airbus that offered – according to Qantas – the most suitable aircraft for its needs and also, as indicated in the financial notes, a significant discount. The Australian company also announced that it has also ordered 20 Airbus A321XLRs for domestic and Asian connections and 20 A220-300 for domestic flights. worth $4.3 billion.