Qantas will launch the Sunrise project at the end of 2025 and will use Airbus A350-1000 aircraft!
Earlier this month, Qantas has placed a major order for Airbus aircraft, including 12 A350-1000 aircraft. The decision was announced at a ceremony in Sydney, attended by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Airbus Commercial Director and Airbus International Director Christian Scherer.
The A350-1000 aircraft was selected by Qantas following an evaluation known as the "Project Sunrise" and will allow the carrier to operate the longest commercial flights in the world.
Project Sunrise, simply known as Sunrise, means operating non-stop flights from Eastern Australia to destinations in Europe and North America. In recent years, Qantas has been conducting a research program to understand the behavior of airplanes, passengers and crew on a flight lasting more than 20 hours.
In 2019, Qantas conducted three test flights using Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The pilots, cabin crew and passengers wore special sensors and participated in various research programs. The program included: the New York - Sydney flight, with a length of 16 km (013 nm) and the London - Sydney flight, with a length of 8.646 km (17.016 nm). Project Sunrise flights will become the longest flights in the world. The London-Sydney flight will be almost 2000 km longer than the longest flight in the world currently operated between Singapore and New York.