Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer confirmed that the company could make the A350 jet fly longest to meet Qantas’s “Project Sunrise”
In 2017, Qantas challenged Boeing and Airbus, to make a jet that can fly nonstop from Sydney to London or New York, almost 20 hours of flight time.
Australian Qantas airline wants a Boeing 777X or Airbus A350 that can undertake the epic routes connecting two distance lands by 2022. with non-stoping flying.
Speaking at the IATA annual general meeting in Seoul, Christian Scherer said the Airbus can make both variants of A350, specially -1000, fly ultra-long-range and high-capacity to offer Qantas.
Currently the longest commercial flight, 18 hours 45min is operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York using the Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).
Qantas’s “Project Sunrise“ require a plane to fly a range of 10,000+ nm, means more than 20 hours of non-stop flight time.
So far Boeing has not responded positively to Qantas’s requirement.