Qantas Launches Longest Nonstop Flight

Australia’s largest airline, Qantas, announced operating the longest passenger flights in the world by 2025 with new direct 19-hour flights from Sydney to London and New York.

Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the airline has bought 12 Airbus A350-1000s to operate the new routes, which “will have the range for direct flights between Australia and any city in the world.”

Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) President Tony Lucas said the announcement signaled a “huge moment of renewal for the aviation industry,” however, “the long-haul flights would present a challenge both operationally and in terms of fatigue.” 

“We’ll submit reports and monitor flight and study times, monitor how we are feeling both in flight and after arrival in London or Sydney… and we’ll learn from those experiences,” Lucas said.

Meanwhile, to make the lengthy new routes pleasant for passengers, Joyce said the airline would include a “wellbeing zone” in the center of the planes. 

“The cabin is being specifically designed for maximum comfort in all classes for long-haul flying,” Joyce said.

Joyce also said that Qantas would revamp its domestic fleet with 40 new Airbus A321s and A220s, which should be in Australia from late 2023. 

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