Today Qantas have announced they will commit to twelve Airbus A350-1000ULR’s for Project Sunrise, a major decision that will reshape their domestic and international networks. These aircraft are capable of flying Australia’s east coast to New York and London with services starting in 2025. Deliveries will start late 2023 and run until 2028.
Qantas also firmed up orders for 20 each of Airbus A321XLR’s and A220’s under the fleet modernisation program named Project Winton. These aircraft will replace early model 737-800’s and the 717 fleet. Deliveries are expected to begin in late 2023.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said “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.”
“The A320s and A220s will become the backbone of our domestic fleet for the next 20 years, helping to keep this country moving. Their range and economics will make new direct routes possible, including serving regional cities better.
“These newer aircraft and engines will reduce emissions by at least 15 per cent if running on fossil fuels, and significantly better when run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel. This order brings us closer to our commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Project Sunrise will be carbon neutral from day one.”