20-hour non-stop flights from London to Sydney by 2022
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Boeing and Airbus are on course to configuring an aircraft so that it can fly 300 passengers further than any regular service to date.
A year after Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce publicly challenged Boeing and Airbus to design a plane capable of making a non-stop flight between Sydney to London, the manufacturers have succeeded.
The world’s first non-stop flight from London to Sydney has a 2022 launch date.
Direct flights between Sydney and New York are also planned.
Dubbed Project Sunrise, Qantas is now considering both the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 777X long-haul jets for the routes.
If the routes prove viable, direct connections to major cities across the US, Europe and Africa may follow.
The tricky part it seems would be to convince customers that spending almost 24-hours in the sky at one time is a good idea.
Qantas will woo customers by offering sleeping berths in the aircraft’s cargo hold as well as a gym for in-flight exercise.
“We’re challenging ourselves to think outside the box. Would you have the space used for other activities – exercise, bar, creche, sleeping areas and berths? Boeing and Airbus have been actually quite creative in coming up with ideas,” Mr Joyce said.
Qantas already offer a 17-hour long flight from Perth to London.