London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing – 2 May 2022

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Qantas May 2022 Aircraft Order (Image Credit: Qantas)

Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 2 May 2022.

Qantas Project Sunrise Airbus Order

Non-stop flights to Sydney are coming to London Heathrow from 2025 onwards.

Qantas has finally placed an order for 12 Ultra Long Range Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

These will be delivered between mid-2025 and 2028. You can read full details of the Airbus A350-1000 order and its proposed layout and First Suite here.

Also announced today by Qantas is an order for 20 Airbus A220-300 aircraft and 20 Airbus A321 XLR aircraft. These will be delivered from late 2023 and 2024 respectively and will replace Boeing 717 and 737 aircraft.

A lot can happen in three years, but for Qantas CEO Alan Joyce this should cement his legacy of breaking one of the final frontiers of civil aviation and helping Qantas reassert itself after a decades of retraction on international routes.

The start of non-stop flights to Sydney from late 2025 should coincide with 90 years of passenger flights between the UK and Australia.

Back To The Airport

In the 1990s, the BBC pioneered the TV “docusoap” genre.

These combined documentary filming with the production devices of soap operas such as recurring characters and human interest narratives. Programmes such as “Driving School” and “The Cruise” made its subjects into household names.

One other example was “Airport” and Jeremy Spake who, at the time, was ground services manager for Aeroflot at Heathrow.

Jeremy will return to Heathrow next week with six part series on BBC1 “The Airport: Back In The Skies”. This will be shown at 20:30 in England and later in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The first episode will feature cabin crew returning to Virgin Atlantic and the airline flying to India.

Dreamflight Returns

There was more good news last week. Dreamflight will return this October after a three year absence.

Dreamflight raises funds to take children with a serious illness or disability on a once in a lifetime trip to Orlando.

This year’s trip takes place between 15 and 22 October. Applications from educational and medical professionals for children to take part are open until 31 May. You can also make a donation to Dreamflight.

Dreamflight has historically chartered a BA 747 for the trip. Clearly, it will be a different aircraft from this year onwards.


A small housekeeping note.

We have added a page on Linktree. Here you will find quick links to most recent articles and major pages. This will be updated throughout the week.

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