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First look at Qantas’ new Airbus A350-1000 Wellbeing Zone

The new onboard space utilises groundbreaking jetlag and inflight health research from the University of Sydney.

Qantas says Project Sunrise conquers the "final frontier" in global aviation.

Qantas has today unveiled the remaining passenger cabins to feature on its forthcoming fleet of 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft which will fly up to 22 hours non-stop between Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York City.

Passengers will have access to a dedicated Wellness Zone in front of a newly designed Economy Class cabin, featuring movement and stretching areas, a hydration station and a self-serve bar stocked with healthy and nutritious snacks and beverages such as coconut water.

Walk through the new Qantas A350 with this cabin-by-cabin video.

The Wellness Zone will be positioned between the 40-seat Premium Economy and 140-seat Economy cabins and makes Qantas the only airline in the world to offer such a space, purpose-built with sculpted wall panels, integrated stretch handles and guided on-screen exercise programs.

The health and wellbeing space has been designed with extensive research into jetlag and inflight health by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, with which Qantas has been working since 2015 as it prepared for the launch of its ultra-long haul foray between Perth and London.

The Wellness Zone will be positioned between Premium Econ and Economy.

Designs featured across the four cabins incorporate much of this research and have been carefully crafted by Australian designer, David Caon, who worked closely with seat manufacturers to test thousands of fabrics.

Premium Economy and Economy seats will feature up to 33-inches of legroom and what the carrier says is “the most generous seat pitches of any Qantas aircraft”.

Flyers can stretch and exercise using sculpted walls and integrated handles.

Seats will offer six-way ergonomic headrests, leg and foot-rest systems and a fold-down shelf for resting a personal entertainment device, which passengers can keep charged with multiple USB-C ports. Premium Economy seats will also feature integrated wireless charging.

In a first for Qantas, fast and free WiFi for the duration of the flight will be available on the new planes, compared to the current arrangement which sees WiFi made available on selected aircraft once it has left Australia’s airspace.

Premium Economy seats feature a six-way ergonomic headrest.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the design of Premium Economy and Economy, in which most passengers on the aircraft will be seated, was all about maximising comfort and wellbeing.

“We have spent just as much time on the second half of the aircraft as we did the front, in fact we started studies on the Wellbeing Zone before any other area of the A350,” Joyce said.

“The new Project Sunrise flights give us the opportunity to re-think long-haul travel in its entirety, from aircraft cabin design to what ingredients we include on the inflight menu.

Economy passengers will enjoy 33 inches of legroom.

“Reducing the number of seats onboard our A350 to 238 compared to the 300-plus seat layout of other carriers means we not only maximise aircraft performance across long distances, we give our passengers more space and comfort.

“Fewer seats translate to more space for each customer and a dedicated Wellbeing Zone for travellers to stretch, help themselves to a snack and spend time out of their seat. We are the only airline in the world that will have a bespoke designed onboard stretch and movement space.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 16 June 2023

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