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Qantas reveals plans for new ‘cargo class’ where passengers can exercise on super long-haul flights

The future of long haul flights could be fit with train-like berths and exercise areas by 2022, according to Qantas.

The Australian airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce said the company wants to offer direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London. 

In a new approach to long-distance travelling from Australia dubbed as ‘Project Sunrise’, Mr Joyce revealed the larger space will be in the cargo hold of the plane, according to Fairfax Media.

Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce said the company hopes to offer direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London

The space will be designed for travellers to stretch their legs on these long flights.  

Qantas revealed they have approached two major plane manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, to establish these carriers. 

These new planes will be able to tackle flights to places such as London or New York without a stopover.

According to Fairfax Mr Joyce made the comments to the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of commerce on Tuesday morning. 

Mr Alan Joyce(pictured) made the comments to the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of commerce on Tuesday morning

Mr Alan Joyce(pictured) made the comments to the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of commerce on Tuesday morning

‘Could some of the freight areas that we may not use, be used as an exercise area?’ Mr Joyce said. 

The airline boss said ‘nothing is off the table’ and by 2022 a new class could be established. 

For the plan to go ahead aviation regulators will have to change the rules and restrictions on how long pilots can fly. 

In aviation history the Qantas Dreamliner touched down in Perth after a 16 hours from London

In aviation history the Qantas Dreamliner touched down in Perth after a 16 hours from London

Mr Joyce also hinted budget airline Jetstar may not always be confined to the Asia Pacific region and could start flying to European destinations. 

If the plans were to go ahead a flight to the U.K could be three hours faster and trips to direct flights to the U.S. will shave off two hours. 

The airline on Monday successfully landed their first direct flight to Perth from London.

In aviation history, the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Australia after a 16 hour and 30 minute flight from the U.K. 

The Dreamliner nicknamed ‘Emily’ had been in preparation for a decade of seasonal air pattern analysis. 

The flight had four pilots over the course of the journey with as many as two resting at a time. 

 



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