May 3, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Australian airline Qantas has announced the acquisition of more than 50 new aircraft over the coming six years, which will reduce emissions and noise, increase comfort and allow super long haul direct flights, including between Sydney and New York and London from the end of 2025.

Called “Project Sunrise”, the delivery of 12 A350-1000s will allow Qantas to fly from Australia direct to any city in the world, with the airline promising to start flights from Sydney to London and New York at the end of 2025.

These new routes are to be the longest flights in the world, running at over 19 hours.

The new international aircraft have 25 per cent better fuel efficiency than older planes, decreasing emissions and running costs.

The cabins of the new aircraft will accommodate 238 passengers, with 40 per cent given over to premium seating and the design of the entire cabin prioritising passenger comfort, including a wellbeing zone in the middle of the aircraft.

Qantas has also purchased 20 Airbus A321XLRs and 20 A220-300s to fly domestic Australian routes and short haul international destinations in the Pacific and South East Asia. The airline has also secured options to purchase a further 94 of these aircraft for delivery over the next 12 years.

The increased flying range of the domestic aircraft mean they can reach any regional destination in Australia.

“New types of aircraft make new things possible,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

‘That’s what makes today’s announcement so significant for the national carrier and for a country like Australia where air travel is crucial.

“Throughout our history, the aircraft we’ve flown have defined the era we’re in.

“The 707 introduced the jet age, the 747 democratised travel and the A380 brought a completely new level of comfort.

“The A350 and Project Sunrise will make any city just one flight away from Australia.

“It’s the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance.

“As you’d expect, the cabin is being specially designed for maximum comfort in all classes for long-haul flying,” he said.

“These newer aircraft and engines will reduce emissions by at least 15 per cent if running on fossil fuels, and significantly better when run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

“This order brings us closer to our commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Project Sunrise will be carbon neutral from day one.”