Qantas orders 12 Airbus A350-1000 to operate world’s longest non-stop flight

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Qantas Airways said on Monday it had ordered 12 A350-1000 planes from Airbus to be used on what will be the world’s longest commercial flight from Sydney to London, as well as 40 narrowbody jets to renew its domestic fleet.

“The board’s decision to approve what is the largest aircraft order in Australian aviation is a clear vote of confidence in the future of the Qantas Group,” Chief Executive Alan Joyce said in a statement.

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Non-stop flights from Sydney to London, which will take nearly 20 hours, will begin in late 2025 following the delivery of A350-1000s, the airline said.

The A350s will carry 238 passengers, with more than 40% of the cabin dedicated to premium seating, it added.

The deliveries of 20 A321XLRs will start in late 2024, while 20 smaller A220s will arrive from late 2023 – renewing the carrier’s ageing domestic fleet. The order also includes options to buy another 94 aircraft.