In it for the long haul: Qantas bets on Sydney-London non-stop with Airbus order

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By Jamie Freed SYDNEY (Reuters) -Qantas Airways will fly non-stop from Sydney to London after ordering a dozen special Airbus jets, charging higher fares in a multi-billion dollar bet that fliers will pay a premium to save four hours on the popular route. To be launched late in 2025, the flights will use A350-1000 aircraft specially configured with extra premium seating and reduced overall capacity to ferry up to 238 passengers on a 20-hour trip – the world’s longest direct commercial flight. The long-discussed breakthrough will give Qantas a marketing boost on what has long been called the “k…

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