Qantas is expected to place a massive order on Monday, including for the A350-1000, which will allow the airline to operate the world's longest flights.

Qantas will order 12 Airbus A350-1000s

Qantas will be placing a firm order for 12 A350-1000s on Monday, which will be used for its Project Sunrise flights, which are expected to commence in 2025.

Qantas wants to fly nonstop from Australia to New York and London, but currently no commercial aircraft are capable of doing this in an economical way. The A350 will be modified by adding fuel tanks to make it capable of operating these missions.

The flights will be over 10,000 miles and could take up to 20 hours to complete. They would represent a huge reduction in travel time for these markets, and would be popular with premium travelers.

Based on what is being reported, we should learn all of the details on Monday.

  • Qantas’ A350-1000s will feature roughly 270 seats, significantly fewer than you’d find on other airlines
  • The planes will feature four classes of service, including first class, business class, premium economy, and economy
  • Economy will feature 34″ of pitch, which is incredibly generous, and much more spacious than what you’d typically find in economy (where 31″ is the standard for long haul flights)
  • It’s expected that first class, business class, and premium economy, will all also be upgraded over the existing products, though details remain to be seen

The A350-1000 is currently flying from Toulouse to Australia, in preparation for the announcement. The Qantas logo is on the A350-1000.

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Qantas will finalize A321XLR & A220-300 order

The A350-1000 order is going to be the most exciting part of this announcement, but Qantas is also expected to finalize its order for the A321XLR and A220-300. The airline first announced its intention to order jets in late 2021, but the order wasn't finalized.

At the time.

  • Qantas made a firm commitment for 20 Airbus A321XLRs, which is the longest range and largest version of the Airbus A320 family
  • Qantas made a firm commitment for 20 Airbus A220-300s, which is the largest version of the Airbus A220 family
  • There will be purchase rights for a further 94 aircraft over a 10 year delivery window, which could include other A320neo family aircraft, plus the smaller A220-100

It is expected that this will be Qantas' biggest-ever aircraft order when all is said and done.

Qantas is ordering A321s and A220s

Bottom line

Qantas is expected to place its largest aircraft order on Monday. The Project Sunrise flights will connect Australia and New York and London with the help of 12 A350-1000s.

Qantas is expected to finalize its order for the A220-300, which will be used for renewing the carrier's short haul fleet.

I can't wait to learn all the details of this exciting event.

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