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Photos: Qantas Unveils Wellbeing Zone on Project Sunrise A350-1000

The innovative new space designed for passengers to relax away from their seats will be available for all passengers on Qantas' ultra-long-haul 'Project Sunrise' flights

by Fergus Cole

June 20, 2023

Photo: Wellbeing Zone, Airbus A350-1000. Courtesy of Qantas

Qantas has given customers a sneak peek of its much-anticipated ‘Wellbeing Zone’ aboard its upcoming Airbus A350s, which will be used on the longest flights in the world.

Located between the Premium Economy and Economy cabins of the A350-1000 aircraft, the Wellbeing Zone will be a dedicated space for passengers to stretch their legs and relax away from their seats.

Photo: Wellbeing Zone, Airbus A350-1000. Courtesy of Qantas

They are currently being installed on the planes that will be deployed on the so-called ‘Project Sunrise’ flights, which will take passengers from Sydney (SYD) to faraway locations like New York (JFK) and London (LHR), with flight times of more than 20 hours.

The Australian flag carrier had previously unveiled what its First Class and Business Cabins would look like on these ultra-long-haul flights back in February, but it has now revealed pictures of the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, too, along with the Wellbeing Zone.

Photo: Premium Economy, Airbus A350-1000. Courtesy of Qantas

“We have spent just as much time on the second half of the aircraft as we did on the front; in fact we started studies on the Wellbeing Zone before any other area of the A350,” said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas. “The new Project Sunrise flights give use the opportunity to re-think long-haul travel in its entirety, from aircraft cabin design to what ingredients we include on the inflight menu.”

Photo: Premium Economy, Airbus A350-1000. Courtesy of Qantas

The Wellbeing Zone will offer a lot more than just a space for passengers to stretch their legs, as it will include integrated stretch handles for people to work out with, along with a guided on-screen exercise regime, a water station, and a wide range of snacks to choose from.

The airline is also reducing the total seats that an A350 typically carries, allowing it to offer the most legroom for Economy and Premium Economy passengers on any aircraft. Each seat will also have multiple USB-C charging points, wireless charging, a 13-inch OLED in-flight entertainment screen, and extended headrest wings for extra comfort.

Photo: Economy Class, Airbus A350-1000. Courtesy of Qantas

“Reducing the number of seats onboard our A350 to 238 compared to the 300-plus seat layout of other carriers means we not only maximize aircraft performance across long distances, we give our passengers more space and comfort,” said Joyce.

“Fewer seats translate to more space for each customer and a dedicated Wellbeing Zone for travelers to stretch, help themselves to a snack and spend time out of their seat. We are the only airline in the world that will have a bespoke designed onboard stretch and movement space.”

Photo: Economy Class, Airbus A350-1000. Courtesy of Qantas

David Caon, an Australian designer who worked on the new cabins, said: “In both the Premium Economy cabin and Economy cabins, we have redesigned every element of the seats to provide better features as well as a fresh look across the entire aircraft to create a sense of light and calm.

“The Premium Economy cabin has been redesigned from the ground up with a focus on ergonomics, entertainment and privacy. The new headrest wings are the biggest visible difference and will provide passengers with both additional support and a sense of privacy without isolating them from travel companions.”