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This is a big win for Airbus, Qantas, and the quest for 21-hour ultra-long haul flights.  Nearly a full-day in the air when the A350-1000 takes flight.  Wow!

 

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I remember doing the Auckland-to-Paris or -London run a couple of times in the early 70s. Took around 28 hours in a DC8 with about 8 refueling stops, including interesting places like Damascus & Bombay. Not allowed off the plane at most of the stops.

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19 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

21 hours in a plane? I would need drugs or a premium seat.

 

19 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

21 hours in a plane? I would need drugs or a premium seat.

I think that you are spot on.  The airlines operating these very long duration flights must find a seat/bed combination at a decent price for ALL their passengers.

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19 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

21 hours in a plane? I would need drugs or a premium seat.

Both !

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Qantas still don't have a pilots agreement, regulatory approval or final business case approval by the board. The pilots agreement is looking difficult. Quite frankly, Qantas is looking to screw the pilots even more to do these flights and the pilots would rather not fly them under any conditions. These flights are a long way from being a certainly, let alone happening. Personally, I'd like to see them happen.

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21 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

21 hours in a plane? I would need drugs or a premium seat.

Premium economy is the minimum seating they will supply.

Same like Singapore to New York (17 to 18 hours).

 

It's a prestige win for Airbus.

But it's neither sure whether the Sunrise project will materialize nor will it be big business. Might even be a loss or a zero-sum game.

Australia is an interesting place but not big volume.

And how many will pay a significant premium for saving a fuel stop (like Bangkok or Singapore) and maybe three hour added total travel time?

Probably only two routes London and New York to Sydney.

And nonstop from US west coast is reality.

 

If you are interested, a comprehensive video about the test flight London-Sydney. Only 40 (test)passengers (incl CEO) on a 777:

 

 

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There will not be any cattle class.

The A340 handled from Singapore or Bangkok to New York quite well but you are right unless specially configured would not want to be in normal economy

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