Qantas unveils first and business class cabins for direct flights from Australia to UK and US

Qantas Airways unveiled prototypes of the luxurious first and business cabins of the aircraft, which will fly passengers non-stop. sydney to new york London From the second half of 2025.

An in-flight virtual reality flythrough was also unveiled.

The cabin was designed by Australian studio Caon Design and sleep scientists at the Charles Perkins Center at the University of Sydney, Qantas reveals.

A non-stop flight program called ‘Project Sunrise’ uses 12 Airbus A350-1000s to ‘overcome the tyranny of distance’ and carry passengers on flights that take about 20 hours to ‘become the airline’s The most sophisticated and thoughtful design in.

According to Qantas, the key to the cabin design is to configure the A350 to 238 seats, giving passengers more space compared to the 300-plus seating layouts featured by other airlines. .

Qantas has unveiled prototypes of the luxurious first (top) and business cabins on the aircraft, which will fly passengers non-stop from Sydney to New York and London from late 2025.

The first-class suite (above) “has a range of features that make you feel like you’re in a small boutique hotel room.”

First Class seating features a wide fixed bed, separate recliner, individual wardrobe, dining table for two and a 32-inch Ultra HD TV.

Qantas’ A350 has six first suites in a 1-1-1 configuration and 52 business suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, with direct aisle access for all.

According to Qantas, first-class suites are like mini boutique hotel rooms with wide fixed beds, separate recliners, individual wardrobes, and dining tables for two and 32 people. There are various functions that make you feel good.・On ultra-high-definition TV.

Business class passengers, on the other hand, enjoy seats with privacy doors, a 2m (6ft 5in) flat bed, a ‘generous’ storage space including a large mirror, a cushioned leather ottoman and an 18in high High definition touch screen TV, large dining table and ‘feature lighting’.

Qantas adds that both classes offer “multiple personal device charging options, including wireless inductive charging.”

Additionally, ‘fast and free’ high-speed Wi-Fi is provided throughout the aircraft, along with Bluetooth connectivity.

It also features a “wellbeing zone” for all passengers.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the investment in the new A350 aircraft and its approach to cabin design continues Qantas’ 100-year history of aviation ‘firsts’.

He said: “Qantas has been a leader in pioneering new long-haul flights for most of our history, and everything we’ve learned, both technically and when it comes to passenger comfort,” he said. to Project Sunrise Flying.

Business class passengers have a seat (above) with privacy door, a 2m (6ft 5in) flat bed and “plenty” storage space.

Qantas’ A350 has six first suites in a 1-1-1 configuration and 52 business suites in a 1-2-1 configuration (above), all with direct aisle access.

“Our A350 cabin has the most sophisticated and thoughtful design of any airline, combining cutting-edge technology and sleep research to virtually shape the look and feel of travel in a new era. thinking about.

“As we continue to work to make it easier to connect Australia with the rest of the world, we are building on the customer experience of our highly popular direct flights from Perth to London. increase.”

Australian designer David Kaon said every possible opportunity was taken to promote wellness and comfort in the first and business suites.

“We started designing this aircraft cabin five years ago, working with Airbus and Qantas to maximize the space and create personalized lighting programs that influence mood and sleep patterns.

“All design and service elements work together to significantly improve in-flight comfort, convenience, health and well-being, and help minimize the nemesis of jet lag.

“From reading lights to fabrics, every element has been created for Qantas so that passengers can travel in refined comfort.

“There are also many storage design elements to keep personal items within reach, so we can personalize the space so that each passenger feels like they are in their own bed at home.”

A350-1000 cutaway for approximately 20 hours non-stop between Sydney, New York and London

In 2019, Qantas conducted three research flights with ‘human guinea pigs’ to test the impact of ultra-long haul flights on passengers and crew.

First non-stop test flight between New York and Sydney with 49 passengers and crew on board.

A second flight was operated from London Heathrow to Sydney with a similar capacity.

A third test flight took place between New York and Sydney.

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Center and the Collaborative Research Center for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) boarded all three flights to collect data on passenger health and well-being.

Currently used by Qantas boeing dreamliner A direct flight between London Heathrow and Perth, covering a distance of 9,008 miles (14,498 km).

The distance from London to Sydney is 10,553 miles (16,983 km), and from New York to Sydney is 9,929 miles (15,979 km). Qantas unveils first and business class cabins for direct flights from Australia to UK and US

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