The CEO of Qantas Airlines reportedly figured out that the cargo area could prove a valuable new class.
If you have ever wanted just a little more space to sleep or to relax on a plane, Qantas Airlines may be your ideal airline for future travel.
Earlier this week, Alan Joyce, CEO of the Australian airline, proposed to create a new class in the cargo compartment, giving passengers room to sleep in big pods, and exercise, The Telegraph reported.
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The airline exec made the suggestion as part of his Project “Sunrise” plan.
As part of Joyce’s plan for “Project Sunrise,” which he calls “the “last frontier” of aviation,” the exec foresees the launch of a non-stop flight between Australia (from Sydney or Melbourne) and the united kingdom, as well as the other direct flight to New York City, by 2022.
Such a flight would take more than 20 hours and might require a redesign of the aircraft, MarketWatch notes.
“We must re-imagine the entire journey. There Is a new class that is needed on the plane? What are the out-there ideas that may be applicable to this and really change air travel for the future?” Joyce said during the announcement at the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce in London. “And nothing, nothing is off the table.”
“I don’t know if in 2022 there is a other class, but if there is, Qantas is probably the airline that makes it,” he reportedly said.
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History in the making. Quickly rising on the first @Qantas non-stop Perth-flight. @TravellerAU pic.twitter.com/tiwN8Am4tq
— Craig Platt (@CPtraveller) March 24, 2018
Days before, Qantas celebrated a historic milestone with the airline of the first ever Perth to London trip.
History made. We have arrived at the first non-stop flight from Australia to the united kingdom. 17 hours flew by! @Qantas @sunriseon7 pic.twitter.com/xfKweGcMmd
— Matt Tinney (@Matt_Tinney) March 25, 2018
“Though not quite the world’s longest flight ‒ the record is currently in the hands of a Doha-Auckland service operated by Qatar Airways ‒ the route signals the beginning of the end of the so-called Kangaroo Route, which has seen the aircraft make the journey from Europe to Australia in a series of hops, since the advent of aviation,” the Telegraph reports.
Meanwhile, consumer advocate Christopher Elliott thinks that the airline can better improve the basic flight experience for passengers for the approach of such a massive new project. Apparently, Qantas’ economy-class passenger seats are 17.5 inches wide and 31 inches away from the seat in front of him, which would prove quite uncomfortable for such a long-haul flight.
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“It is more profitable, but it is also very unethical,” Elliott told Marketwatch. “Instead of thinking about the exercise rooms and luxurious berths for the elite passengers, perhaps Qantas need to find ways to give all of its customers in a humane amount of legroom.”
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak