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Inside Qantas’ Project Sunrise A350 1000 cabin

Qantas has now released previews of all cabins within its new A350-1000s that will fly Project Sunrise flights from London and New York to the east coast of Australia.

In total, each aircraft will feature six first-class suites alongside seats for 52 in business, 40 in premium economy and 140 in economy. It will even feature a unique ‘wellness zone’ for stretching, available to passengers from all classes.

The luxurious first suite provides customers with a boutique hotel experience in the comfort of their own cabin. It boasts a spacious layout with a wide fixed bed, a separate recliner chair, a personal wardrobe, a dining table for two, and a 32” ultra-high definition TV.

The smaller business class, meanwhile, features a two-meter flatbed, ample storage space. a large mirror, cushioned leather ottoman, an 18” ultra-high definition touch screen TV, a large dining table, and stylish feature lighting.

Both first and business-class cabins offer multiple options for charging personal devices, including wireless induction charging.

Upon completion of key satellite launches covering the Qantas international network, the A350 will provide fast and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi through its partnership with Viasat.

The Flying Kangaroo’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said while the Qantas A350 will have a high percentage of premium seats onboard, maximising comfort and wellbeing across all cabins was a priority.  

“We have spent just as much time on the second half of the aircraft as we did the front, in fact, we started studies on the Wellbeing Zone before any other area of the A350,” he said.  

“The new Project Sunrise flights give us the opportunity to re-think long-haul travel in its entirety, from aircraft cabin design to what ingredients we include on the inflight menu. 

“Reducing the number of seats onboard our A350 to 238 compared to the 300-plus seat layout of other carriers means we not only maximise aircraftWiFiformance across long distances, we give our passengers more space and comfort. 

“Fewer seats translate to more space for each customer and a dedicated Wellbeing Zone for travellers to stretch, help themselves to a snack and spend time out of their seat. We are the only airline in the world that will have a bespoke designed onboard stretch and movement space.” 

Designer David Caon said premium economy had been designed “from the ground up” with a focus on ergonomics, entertainment and privacy.

“The new headrest wings are the biggest visible difference and will provide passengers with both additional support and a sense of privacy without isolating them from travel companions,” he said.

“An upholstered ergonomic foot and leg rest system allows the body to be cradled in recline to better help passengers sleep.

“Economy travellers also have an OLED 13” TV screen, foot net and convenient storage space within arms’ reach to store glasses and personal items.

“The team has spent extensive time testing ergonomics, lumbar support and breathability of the seat fabrics in the new Economy seat, which will have 33 inches of legroom.

“In both the Premium Economy cabin and Economy cabins, we have redesigned every element of the seats to provide better features as well as a fresh look across the entire aircraft to create a sense of light and calm.”


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  • We don’t know as yet what version of the A350X QF will inherit. Will it be a unique model with the needed aux tanks or, the SQ version with unique “plumbing”. If it be the former then tops as the aircraft utilisation can and will be totally flexible within the QF network; if the latter has to be then maybe QF should rethink it’s options as route and profit flexibility options are virtually gone. I would have thought that by now Airbus would have offered firm advice as to what will eventuate. Regarding the cabin fit outs I have no doubts whatsoever that the PCL and JCL cabins and zones will be virtually unquestionably fitted out, probably over the top, will be interesting to see the pricing and levels of in cabin service plus confirmation that only customers that actually pay will be allowed access. Back in the real world we have to realise that Premium Economy exists only because of the atrocious conditions at the back of the bus and in this case QF should have a good look at the EK new Premium product, very impressive, most likely they have. As for the 140 underprivileged punters at the back, what can I say but sorry. Not only will you “enjoy” the most uncomfortable cabin zone with a seat pitch at least 3 inches less than what was available some 40 plus years ago and most likely less care and consideration too but, it looks like you will have to share that zone with those from the from of the bus who wish to do exercises or similar outrageous activities likely producing sweaty bodies whilst you are looking for the Rapidgell for muscle relief resulting from your cramped seating conditions. QF has achieved much over the years for the affluent, surely it is time to consider the less fortunate who, vastly outnumber the others just quietly. It will be interesting to see full details of the ECY seat, its upholstery and the total geometry when the back is reclined. We can do better.

  • It is great to see the wealthy flying elite are having their every need more than adequately cared for. This gives the punters in cattle class a lesson in socioeconomic classification. Companies, like QANTAS, genuinely care about the health and welfare of their upper class passengers. Notably, this high level of care does not trickle down to economy seat dwellers just like, “Trickle Down Economics,” does not follow gravity to the poor.

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