QANTAS Airways is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate nonstop flights from Perth to London using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The 14,498 kilometer service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018.
QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making route would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade.
“When QANTAS created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth nonstop.
The new flight will operate through QANTAS’ existing domestic terminals (T3/4), which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to this terminal, helping to simplify the journey for thousands of people every year. QANTAS will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport by 2025, pending a commercial agreement.
Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
FAST FACTS – PERTH TO LONDON:
The 14,498 km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds).
When it launches, is expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the world.
Longest flight on the QANTAS network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km).
Will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.
The first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to QANTAS’ list of flying firsts, including:
- First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707.
- First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400.
- First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014.
Perth was also used as a stopover on flights to London between the 1940s and 1960s.
In 2015, QANTAS operated a one-off Boeing 747-400 charter flight from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli – the last time the national carrier flew from Australia to Europe non-stop.
Image: QANTAS Airways.