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Qantas Announces Plans To Fly Aussies Direct To London, New York, Paris and Rio

'Project Sunrise' is expected to cut flight times down by up to four hours.

25/08/2017 8:32 AM AEST | Updated 25/08/2017 9:22 AM AEST
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Qantas has confirmed that Australians living on the east coast can expect direct flights to London, Paris, New York and Rio within five years if Boeing and Airbus SE deliver capable aircraft to complete the journey.

Speaking to Sunrise on Friday morning, the airline's chief technical pilot Alex Passerini said that the aircraft manufacturers were eager to step up to the challenge set by the flying kangaroo.

"Never wanting to sit still, we're moving onto the next challenge which is direct services from the east coast -- so Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne direct to London and over to New York," he said.

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Sydney to London in just 20 hours -- here's hoping that there's a big more legroom on these new planes.

"We're looking at just over 20 hours [to London] and that would be a saving of four hours on the journey currently.

"Across to New York, we'd be down to about 18 hours, saving three hours."

That's pretty impressive given that when Qantas first started flying to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Yikes.

The plans for direct flights from Australia's east coast have been made ahead of the airline's 17-hour non-stop flights from Perth to London which will begin next March.

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No more stopovers in LAX -- soon you'll be able to fly from Sydney to New York in 18 hours.

Meanwhile, the carrier on Friday posted a full-year net profit of $852 million, down 17 percent.

According to Reuters, Qantas has committed to working on research projects that focus on counteracting jet lag and improving aspects of the cabin environment, including lighting and temperature.

It's anticipated that the routes will be serviced by either the Airbus A350-900ULR or Boeing 777-8, with the airline pushing both manufacturers to equip the planes with up to 300 seats

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