Inside Qantas’ new ultra-long-haul Airbus

Qantas’ newly unveiled fleet of ultra-long-haul Airbuses will include six first-class suites containing a separate bed and wardrobe, a business cabin with an honesty bar, a “wellness zone”, larger seats for premium economy and economy passengers and a menu designed by Neil Perry.

The airline on Monday announced a multibillion-dollar order for new planes, including 12 A350-1000s, which will operate the world’s longest flights and link Australia’s east coast with London and New York from 2025. .

Qantas’ new fleet of Airbus aircraft will offer market-leading passenger comfort in every class of travel with services commencing by the end of 2025.Credit:James Morgan

Economy Class passengers will have 33 inches of legroom, 1 more than on Qantas’ existing 787 Dreamliners, while Premium Economy Class seats will be 2 inches more spacious with 40 inch pitch. Average seat pitches in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class are 30-31 inches and 38 inches respectively.

Speaking at a launch event in Sydney on Monday, chief executive Alan Joyce said the plane order was the biggest in Qantas’ history and would give the airline access to new cities and destinations.

“Not only do you need an aircraft that has the capability, which it does, but you need to design an aircraft that is the most luxurious aircraft that has ever been created,” he said.

The six first class enclosed cabins have generous storage and luggage space, mirror, wardrobe, 32 inch TV screen. Passengers will also be able to adjust the lighting, temperature and humidity to their liking. Celebrity chef Neil Perry will also be in charge of menu design.

“Our new first class…will be the best, I believe, first class product,” Joyce said. “Economy Class has the widest seat pitch of any economy we have ever launched. »

The planes will have a “wellness zone”, located between the premium Economy and Economy cabins, equipped with a self-service snack terminal and designed to promote stretching and hydration. The walls of the area will have built-in screens guiding passengers on optimal exercises and stretches.

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