Qantas Decides Against Cargo Hold Sleeping Bunks

On June 3, Qantas, flag carrier and largest airline of Australia, announced that it would not be proceeding with plans for cargo hold sleeping bunks, proposed by the airline for its Project Sunrise aircraft. Instead of the bed system, the airline is now considering a wellness and fitness center, available to all passengers. “The package we looked at – putting things in baggage holds – didn’t work,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting in Seoul. This new area is “going to be an area for a number of people to stand up and do exercise: there’ll be video screens with stretching exercises to work on, and an area that the scientists have thought out that’ll be more of a ‘hydration station’.” according to the airline. “Some airlines are going for bars, we’re going for health and well-being, which is a lot better for you!” stated Joyce. The aircraft, which Qantas will order from either the Boeing 777X family or the Airbus A350 family, will feature this new zone (also known as the “4th Zone”). The aircraft will operate long-haul flights of around 18 to 20 hours such as Sydney to London and Sydney to New York. Joyce first described the idea in 2018, following the airline’s inaugural “Kangaroo” flight on the Perth to London route. Many believe that Qantas’ plan for its Project Sunrise aircraft are too ambitious. Earlier this year, the airline had to abandon its plan for a 300-seat plane, and now a second part of the airline’s plan has been canceled. 


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