The A350, Part 11: Can a standard A350-1000 fly the project Sunrise route?

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By Bjorn Fehrm


March 25, 2021, © Leeham News: When Qantas announced the Airbus A350-1000 as the winner for project Sunrise over Boeing’s 777-8 December 2019, we did articles about the choice. We found that the A350-1000 could fly the toughest route, Sydney to London but with modifications.

Airbus has since told the press they can now do it with an improved standard A350-1000. We revisit the case to see how “standard” such an A350-1000 is.

A350-1000. Source: QANTAS

  • The A350-1000 can fly the most challenging project Sunrise route, Sydney to London if it uses QANTAS special ultra long haul flight routings.
  • Airbus has gradually improved the A350-1000 so that it can now fly the route with modest adaptations.

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