Qantas has unveiled Project Sunrise First and Business class cabins for its new Airbus A350 aircraft that will fly passengers non-stop from Sydney and Melbourne to New York and London.
Qantas’ A350s will be configured in a four-class configuration with 238 passenger seats. The Australian flag carrier has placed an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000s, which will be used for “Project Sunrise” flights starting in late 2025.
“Qantas has been the leader in opening up new long-haul flights for most of our history, and we’re bringing everything we’ve learned, both technically and in terms of passenger comfort, to Project Sunrise flying,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
“We think our A350 cabins have the most sophisticated and thoughtful design of any airline, combining cutting-edge technology with sleep research to shape the look and feel for what is effectively a new era of travel.”Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce
Even though, Qantas had already given a general overview of what we can expect from the cabins on these brand-new jets, more details alongside realistic cabin renderings have been revealed now.
Qantas Airbus A350 First Class Suite
The Airbus A350-1000 will feature six brand-new first-class suites in a 1-1-1 configuration. First Class suites will have an extra-wide fixed bed, separate recliner chair, personal wardrobe, dining table for two, and a 32” ultra-high definition TV.
Qantas Airbus A350 Business Class
Qantas Airbus A350s will feature 52 business class seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration.
Every business class seat will have direct aisle access for ease of moving around the cabin, and the carrier is incorporating sliding doors into the suite for privacy if desired.
Moreover, the business class seat will be convertible into a two-meter flatbed. It will offer storage (including a large mirror), cushioned leather ottoman, an 18” ultra-high definition touch screen TV, a large dining table, and feature lighting.
Both the First and Business class will offer multiple personal device charging options including wireless induction charging.
However, before Qantas released these realistic renderings, it was assumed that the Business seat would be similar to the airline’s current product, which is based on the Thompson Vantage XL seats.
The A350s will also feature a Wellbeing Zone for all passengers, which will be unveiled alongside the Premium Economy and Economy cabins in the coming months, according to Qantas.
During earlier trials in 2019, utilizing the 787 Dreamliners, the consistent themes of exercise, in conjunction with research from the University of Sydney, indicated that well-being will be an important hurdle for Qantas.
Qantas A350s will offer fast and free high-speed Wi-Fi with partner Viasat following the completion of key satellite launches covering the Qantas international network.
These long-haul aircraft will also feature Bluetooth connectivity allowing all passengers to connect their own Bluetooth-enabled headset to the in-flight entertainment system.
Qantas has yet to release Premium Economy and Economy seat details on their A350.
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