Qantas has unveiled the new Business Class and First class seats for its Project Sunrise aircraft planned to operate direct between the East Coast of Australia, Europe and North America.

This is the first event showcasing the premium seating products for the carrier’s future Airbus A350-1000 fleet. The new direct routes will increase the length of commercial flights to 18-22 hours.

Victoria Foy, CEO of Safran Seats commented: “The first Sunrise flight will mark a date in history. We are delighted to provide Qantas with seats that meet the needs of ultra-long haul flights and which allow a comfortable journey for all passengers. The creation of this seat is a demonstration of the remarkable collaboration between Qantas and the Safran Seats teams based in the United Kingdom.”

Qantas incorporated wellness into the design process in collaboration with the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney and Safran has developed the new First and Business class seats together with Caon Studios with specific requirements to suit the needs of passengers on the ultra-long haul flights. Safran says both of these premium suites will offer a high level of comfort thanks to generous ergonomically designed living space.

Safran Seats will supply 52 business class suites with a door for each aircraft, and the company says Qantas is the first customer to select Unity, the latest addition to Safran Seats’ business class portfolio.

Unity provides a wide seat and a parallel, rectangular bed to ensure utmost comfort on the longest travel routes. There are multiple options for the stowage of personal items, including console “cubby” stowage, under ottoman bag stowage, a large literature pocket and a closed accessory case. It also features plentiful surface space with a large console and large single piece dining table.

Safran will deliver six bespoke suites for each aircraft in First class which include features such as a fixed bed with an adjustable backrest and a separate seat, numerous stowage areas, a wardrobe, vanity cupboard and pyjama drawer.

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