Qantas unveils Project Sunrise First and Business class cabins

The airline's new Airbus A350s will continue its 100-plus-years of aviation "firsts", it said.

QANTAS Airways has unveiled prototypes of its Project Sunrise First and Business class cabins for its 12 Airbus A350s.

Key to the cabin design has been giving passengers more space, made possible by Qantas’ decision to configure its A350s to seat 238 passengers compared to the 300-plus seat layout specified by other airlines.

The aircraft’s luxe First suites, configured in a 1-1-1- arrangement, will come with an extra-wide fixed bed, a separate lounge recliner, a wardrobe, a dining table for two, and a 32-inch ultra-high definition television.

Meanwhile, the next-generation Business suites come with a sliding door for added privacy, a two-metre flat bed, generous storage, a large mirror, a cushioned leather ottoman, an 18-inch ultra-high definition touch screen television, and a large dining table.

Configured in a 1-2-1 arrangement, every Business suite will also have direct aisle access for ease of moving around the cabin.

Fast and free wi-fi will be installed across the A350 fleet through Qantas’ partner Viasat, following the completion of key satellite launches covering the airline’s international network.

The aircraft will also feature Bluetooth connectivity, allowing all customers to connect their own Bluetooth-enabled headset to the in-flight entertainment system, and a Wellbeing Zone for all passengers, which will be unveiled alongside the Premium Economy and Economy cabins in the coming months.

Designed with ultra-long haul travel from Australia to London and New York City in mind, the flagship cabins have been developed from the ground-up by a mix of aviation specialists, along with an industrial design studio, and a multidisciplinary team of sleep scientists from the University of Sydney.

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