PERTH TO LON­DON NON-STOP

THE FIRST DI­RECT FLIGHT FROM AUS­TRALIA TO BRI­TAIN COMES WITH CABIN IM­PROVE­MENTS TO MAKE THE 17 HOURS FLY BY.

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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.”

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