I am thinking of visiting my daughter in Australia, going non-stop to Perth, then on to Brisbane. What are the pros and cons of flying non-stop to Perth. Matt D
I was aboard the first non-stop flight from Heathrow to Perth in March 2018. For anyone who needs to travel from southeast England to the Western Australian capital in a hurry, I recommend Qantas flight 10. This daily departure is also worth considering if your destination is Melbourne (to where the flight continues after refuelling), Adelaide or smaller locations in Western Australia such as Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland and Broome.
But for other Australian state capitals, especially Brisbane, I wouldn’t recommend this flight when so many faster one-stop options are available.
Going via Perth, would increase the trip by 1,000 miles – which equates to two hours in the air.
Easily the most direct route is via Shanghai on China Eastern, which is also likely to be one of the cheapest. You have a four-and-a-half hour wait in Shanghai, but it is an excellent airport – and you could even nip into the city on the maglev express train (the world’s fastest) for a meal.
Even if you have a particular reason to fly on Qantas, such as its frequent flyer scheme or the airline’s excellent inflight service, you can make the journey much more smoothly and comfortably via Singapore (300 miles longer than the direct track), with just over two hours in transit. If you have time, inclination and money for stopovers, though, a circular trip on Qantas could be just the ticket: out via Perth back via Singapore.