Starting in 2025, Qantas, Australia's national carrier, will offer new nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to locations such as New York and London.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the carrier, which has been working on endurance flying under Project Sunrise for years, has ordered 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to cover the routes.
When compared to current one-stop choices, they are estimated to save up to four hours in total travel time.
In a statement, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce stated, “It’s the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance that has traditionally challenged travel to Australia”.
“The cabin is being specifically designed for maximum comfort in all classes for long-haul flying," he further stated.
The planes will hold 238 passengers in four classes: first, business, premium economy, and economy, with a "wellbeing zone" in the middle and luxury seating covering more than 40% of the cabin.
Global travellers can also expect more direct flights to Australia, as Joyce stated that the aircraft will be able to operate non-stop flights from cities such as Paris and Frankfurt.
On Monday, the airline presented its third-quarter trading update, which revealed that domestic travel demand is rebounding to pre Covid-19 levels ahead of schedule.