Around a year ago Qantas CEO Alan Joyce challenged Boeing and Airbus to design a plane that can make the trip from Sydney to London.
Last week, the plane manufacturers seem to come up with a solution to make the 20-hour flight a reality.
“We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it,” Joyce said, according to the Financial Review.
Joyce said the manufacturers are coming up with some creative cabin interiors to help passengers survive the slog.
“We’re challenging ourselves to think outside the box,” he said.
“Would you have the space used for other activities – exercise, bar, creche, sleeping areas and berths? Boeing and Airbus have been actually quite creative in coming up with ideas.”
The airline is tossing up between the long-range Airbus A350 and Boeing’s 777X, with Joyce planning on placing an order next year.
Airbus unveiled sleeping modules that could slot into an aircraft’s cargo compartment which the airline will roll out on their A330, and potentially the A350, from 2020.