Airbus A350-1000 to spearhead Qantas’ Project Sunrise

  • May 3, 2022

Qantas places firm order for 12, A350-1000, connecting Australia with any city in the world

Airbus A350-1000s will operate non-stop ‘Project Sunrise’ flights from Australia to other cities including New York and London. These aircraft will feature market-leading passenger comfort in each travel class with services scheduled to start by the end of calendar 2025 from Sydney. these next generation aircraft – through their lower emissions, longer range, less noise and better economics – will improve how people travel around Australia and overseas.

Qantas Airbus aircraft
Qantas Airbus aircraft

Customers can expect more direct routes and therefore less total travel time. They can expect higher levels of cabin comfort. And, particularly on domestic and regional routes, they can expect more choice of flights at different times of day due to different size aircraft for peak and off-peak times.

Qantas first class render on A350
Qantas First Class render. Photo: Qantas

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the business case for Project Sunrise and the A350-1000 has an internal rate of return in the mid-teens.

“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”, said Joyce.

Project Sunrise:

  • The Qantas A350-1000 will have the range for direct flights between Australia and any city in the world. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofan engines which are 25 percent more fuel efficient than previous generation aircraft.
  • Will carry 238 passengers across four classes (First, Business, Premium Economy, Economy), with more than 40 per cent of the cabin dedicated to premium seating. Compares to more than 300 seats on competitor airlines.
  • The cabin is specially configured for improved comfort on long flights and includes a wellbeing zone in the centre.


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