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Qantas Sydney-London route to become world’s longest direct flight at 20 hours | business news

Travelers can fly non-stop from Sydney to London after Qantas announced the world’s longest direct commercial flight.

The airline said the 20-hour trip will become possible when it receives a dozen Airbus A350-1000 planes, which can fly more than 10,000 miles without refueling.

A route from Sydney to New York will also be established and the new generation jets open up the potential for direct flights from Australia to any city in the world.

Services will begin in late 2025 and will carry up to 238 passengers in four travel classes.

Those who want to stretch their legs on the mammoth flight will find a “feel good zone” in the middle of the plane with a snack bar and screens with movement and stretching exercises.

It’s important to get some exercise on a long flight because less activity can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in your legs, which increases your risk of developing a blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis.

The jet is also said to offer passengers more space, but 40% of the seats will be in expensive premium cabins.

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The planes will have a “wellness zone” with snacks and stretching tutorials. Image: Qantas

Qantas says the planes will also have 25% less CO2 emissions per seat and less noise, and it claims the long-haul project – which it calls “Project Sunrise” – will be carbon neutral from day one.

The Australian carrier launched a 17-hour non-stop flight between London and Perth in 2018 using Boeing Dreamliner jets.

The longest route in the world is currently a route operated by Singapore Airlines from New York JFK to Singapore, taking 18 hours 50 minutes and covering just over 9,500 miles.

Qantas also said it is buying 40 new planes for domestic routes – 20 Airbus A321XLR and 20 A220-300 – as it retires older Boeing planes.

Qantas Sydney-London route to become world’s longest direct flight at 20 hours | business news

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