While Qantas continues to ponder the launch of non-stop 'Project Sunrise' flights between Sydney and London from 2023, one cashed-up high flyer is ready to make that trip on their own private Boeing 787-9 jets.
Yes, that's jets plural: two Dreamliners are headed for the hangar of this high net worth traveller, in an order with a list price value of US$564 million.
Boeing revealed the sale at this week's annual National Business Aviation Association convention and corporate aircraft show in Las Vegas, although perhaps understandably, the company says "the VIP customer has requested to be unidentified."
It's the 16th private order for the special Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) edition of the 787 Dreamliner series.
“The BBJ 787-9 offers our most discerning customers the ability to travel in ultimate comfort and fly directly to just about any city on earth," said Boeing Sales and Marketing chief Ihssane Mounir. "We’re talking about London to Sydney or Tokyo to Cape Town."
"With a total of 16 orders to date, the BBJ 787 program has won over other government and private customers who want to work, rest, and arrive refresh and ready for a productive day.”
Boeing also shared some concept images of the BBJ787's cabin, shaped by feted superyacht designer Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design studio.
Winch initially focussed his skills on sailboats and yachts, but says "we were invited to design our first aeroplane interior by a sailboat client. He did not go through with the sailboat in the end, but we ended up doing the interior of a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 2 for him."
Boeing says its 787-9 business jet has a range of 9,485 nautical miles – sufficient to do the 9,188nm 'Kangaroo Route' in a single hop.
Meanwhile, Qantas will mount its own non-stop Boeing 787-9 flight from London to Sydney next month as the second of three Project Sunrise research flights, and is expected to make a decision on the jets it will buy for Project Sunrise – a choice between Boeing's 777X and the Airbus A350-1000 – within the next eight weeks.