9 MAY 2022
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Following last Monday’s (2 May) announcement of non-stop flights from Sydney to both London and New York, Qantas has released more details.
First will offer six enclosed cabins with a flat bed, Business will have 52 seats laid out 1+2+1 with the centre ones a pair if required. Premium Economy will be 40 seats at 40 inch seat pitch, then a ‘well being’ zone accessible for all, and at the back, Economy with 140 seats with a 33 inch seat pitch.
In October 2019 Qantas flew a 19hr 16min experimental sector from Kennedy New York to Sydney International with a mixed guest group of 54 including press, researchers and medical people using this time a Boeing 789-9 Dreamliner. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was on board.
Just about to be reinstated (now 23 May) the London – Perth route had been a great success and flown by Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Ginsberg in June 2018. He sees no problems with the extra two hours.
He described the experience as “very uneventful and fuss-free” adding that passengers will feel tired and there will be a need for a time re-adjustment but that’s always the case when travelling to Oz.
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