Qantas Airways defers Project Sunrise executive decision until Mar-2020

    Qantas Airways deferred (13-Dec-2019) its final Project Sunrise decision until Mar-2020. Details include:

    • Qantas selected A350-1000 equipment, using Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and an additional fuel tank as the preferred aircraft if Project Sunrise proceeds, however no orders have been placed. Qantas will work with Airbus to prepare contract terms for up to 12 aircraft ahead of a final decision by the Qantas Board;
    • Discussions with the Australian and International Pilots Association are continuing and aimed at closing the last remaining gap in the business case;
    • Design of the customer experience for flights up to 21 hours continues, including new cabins across first class, business, premium economy and economy, with a dedicated stretching space for economy passengers as well as potential for re-designing onboard service to shift passengers to their destination timezone.