Starting in late 2025, Australian-based airline Qantas will launch the world’s new longest flight. The new route will span 20 hours and fly from Australia’s Sydney Airport to London Heathrow Airport. Dubbed Project Sunrise, the flight path will cover 10,576 miles and have passengers experience two different sunrises while onboard.
In addition, the new flights will take place onboard the largest widebody aircraft on the market, the Airbus A350-1000. While the aircraft can typically hold 350 to 410 passengers, Qantas is making adjustments to give those onboard more space. This is why it will have 238 seats, including 6 first-class suites, 52 business-class suites, 40 premium economy seats, and 140 economy seats.
While onboard, the experience will be dedicated to keeping passengers comfortable. First-class cabin renderings show separate beds, reclining lounge chairs, and closets for those who fly. In addition, passengers will have the ability to access onboard ‘wellbeing zones.’ It will be a dedicated space for those onboard to stretch their legs and grab a healthy snack in the self-service snack bar.
Although the flight is still years away, Qantas is also considering Paris and Frankfurt for potential future routes after the direct flight launches of New York City and London. Previously, the airline launched the first direct flight between Melbourne and Dallas, which is a 17-hour nonstop flight.
Currently, the world’s longest flight belongs to Singapore Airlines. The carrier has been flying the route since 2021 and it goes from Signapoare’s Changi Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. It spans 18 hours and 40 minutes and flies 9,585 miles.
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