PERTH TO LONDON NON-STOP
THE FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT FROM AUSTRALIA TO BRITAIN COMES WITH CABIN IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE THE 17 HOURS FLY BY.
Perth will be transformed into a major aviation hub from next March when Qantas debuts its direct flights from Perth to London. The non-stop 17-hour flight on the new Boeing Dreamliner will be the longest flight on the Qantas network and the third-longest passenger flight in the world. It will also connect Europe directly to Australia for the first time in history. “It is great news for travellers because it will make it easier to get to London,” says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “It’s great news for Western Australia because it will bring jobs and tourism. And it is great news for the nation because it will bring us closer to one of our biggest trading partners and sources of visitors.” Qantas modelling has also shown that travellers from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are interested in flying to Perth to hop on the direct service to London. “Some will take the opportunity to break their journey, whether it’s for business meetings in Perth, to holiday or to visit family,” Joyce says. Passenger comfort will also be key on the flight, and this is reflected in the Qantas aircraft, with an enhanced cabin design on the Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 as well as a rethink of the on-board service to help counter jetlag. There is also improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence built into the Dreamliner. “When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will just take 17 hours from Perth non-stop,” Joyce says. “This is a game-changing route flown by a gamechanging aircraft.”