Could The Virgin Group Beat Qantas To Project Sunrise?

| November 20, 2019

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Could Qantas be beaten to realizing Project Sunrise by an aggressive Virgin airline? The Virgin Group has the means and the motivation, but are they able to move fast enough? Let’s explore. Project Sunrise is the goal to launch direct routes from London and New York to the east coast cities of Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas has been at the forefront of testing this concept with three test flights with unloaded Boeing 787-9s. Qantas is also seeking either an Airbus A350-1000 or a Boeing 777-8 to operate these routes from Airbus and Boeing respectively.

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