For the first time ever Australia’s Qantas will launch its regular nonstop scheduled passenger services to Europe in 2018. Qantas will launch direct Perth-London Heathrow (7,829nm) flights with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in March, 2018. The 17-hour Perth-London flight would be a game changing route for world’s longest international routes.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said “It’s great news for travelers because it will make it easier to get to London. It’s great news for Western Australia because it will bring jobs and tourism. And it’s great news for the nation, because it will bring us closer to one of our biggest trade partners and sources of visitors.”
Terminal 3 of Perth Airport will be upgraded to operate the direct flights to London from 2018. Currently, Qantas is operating daily flights to London from Melbourne and Sydney via Dubai with the Airbus A380. However, London is challenging destination for Qantas as almost 30 airlines are operating London flights at extreme low fares.
Qantas is scheduled to take the delivery of the first its eight Boeing 787-9s in October 2017. The aircraft configures 236 seats in three classes which will be used for the route.
Passengers can start the bookings of Perth-London flights from April 2017. Qantas’ new London flights will be one of the longest routes in the world on Dreamliner.
Current top 5 longest nonstop passenger flights by distance (nautical miles)
Qantas Airways is the flag carrier of Australia which commenced its operations in 1921. Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline; it has been an associated member of oneworld airline alliance. Qantas Group provides safety and reliable air transportation service to its passengers with its two brands Qantas and Jetstar.