- Qantas has unveiled a “wellbeing zone” for its much-hyped Project Sunrise flights.
- The airline will begin flying passengers for up to 22 hours nonstop in 2025.
- The flights will carry 238 passengers on routes that connect Sydney to New York and London.
Qantas Airways has unveiled the latest feature on its much-hyped jet that can fly nonstop to nearly anywhere in the world.
The airline announced a “wellbeing zone” as a key addition to what will become the world’s longest flight when it takes its maiden voyage in 2025.
As part of its Project Sunrise scheme, Qantas will ferry 238 passengers between Australia and London, as well as New York. The former trip will take up to 22 hours, overtaking Singapore Airlines’ New York to Singapore route as the world’s longest.
To make the mammoth trip endurable for passengers, Qantas included the area to give passengers room to stretch and spend more time out of their seats.
The “wellbeing zone” will sit between the economy and premium-economy classes. It will include sculpted wall panels and integrated stretch handles, a guided on-screen exercise program, a “hydration station,” and a range of refreshments, according to Qantas.
The airline also unveiled the seating layout on its jet. Premium economy will seat 40 passengers, with a further 140 in economy. The seats will have personal storage space and charging cables, as well as the opportunity for wireless charging.
The 238 passengers the plane will carry is less than the standard 300-plus of other jets to accommodate these features.
“Fewer seats translate to more space for each customer and a dedicated ‘wellbeing zone’ for travelers to stretch, help themselves to a snack, and spend time out of their seat,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement.
“We are the only airline in the world that will have a bespoke designed onboard stretch and movement space,” he added.