Qantas reveals new business and first class suites on Airbus A350

“A new era of travel” – Behold the next generation of comfort in Qantas first and business class

Qantas has launched its all new first and business class seats on the Airbus A350.

A seat at the pointy end of the plane will see passengers through the non-stop 18-20 hour ‘Project Sunrise’ services, set to depart Sydney and Melbourne for destinations like New York, London and Paris from 2025.

The reveal coincides with Qantas announcing a record $1.4 billion (pre-tax) profit from July-December 2022.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the popular non-stop flights will continue to make it easier to continue to connect Australia with the rest of the world.

“We think our A350 cabins have the most sophisticated and thoughtful design of any airline, combining cutting edge technology with sleep research to shape the look and feel for what is effectively a new era of travel,” Mr Joyce said.

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High dividers on the A350 encourage business class passengers to nestle into their private suite.

Qantas Airbus A350 first suite

The all-new fully-private first suite onboard the Qantas Airbus A350 promises to step up the comfort from the airline’s current first class cabins on the A380.

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The David Caon design focuses on light, with a bright palette evoking a sense of airiness in the suites.

Qantas has told us to expect a ‘mini boutique hotel room’, with six spacious suites spread across a generous 1-1-1 configuration.

Considered touches including an extra-wide fixed bed, stand-alone recliner chair beside sliding privacy doors, a personal wardrobe, and 32” screen are set to make the 18-plus-hour ultra-long haul stints a very pleasant experience indeed.

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Qantas Airbus A350 business suite

Over in business class, the seats are offering more space than we’re used to seeing on the A380, with a two-metre-long fully flat bed and 63.5cm wide seats allowing business passengers to spread out.

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“Every element has been created for Qantas, from the reading light right down to the fabrics, to ensure that passengers spend their journey in refined comfort” – David Caon, Caon Design Office.

The A350 will feature 52 business class seats in a 1-2-1 ‘honeymoon’ layout, where the centre seats will alternate between being close together for couples and further apart for those travelling separately.

This aligns with the existing business class pattern, where seats alternate between being closer to the window or the aisle.

You can also expect a large dining table, additional work surface and 18” entertainment screen to help comfortably pass the time.

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Privacy is not exclusive to the first suites, with business class on the A350 featuring sliding doors that make for a pleasant overnight flight.

What about economy?

Qantas hasn’t unveiled its premium economy and economy seats on the A350, but so far, we know passengers travelling in economy cabins (as well as first and business) will have access to free and fast onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth headphone connectivity.

Final thoughts

It’s been a big week for Qantas, with the airline announcing a faster-than-anticipated post-pandemic recovery along with a $100m investment in lounges and a glimpse at the new-gen A350 first and business class.

And it’s not over yet, with the Red Roo expected to drop thousands of Classic Flight Reward seats tomorrow – stay tuned.

The Qantas A350 business and first class suites have been five years in the making, what do you think of the reveal?

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