Qantas confirmed it will operate non-stop flights from Perth to London using the 787-9 Dreamliner.
The 14,498 kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018. A 17 hour flight will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner non-stop flight in the world. In addition to the Perth-London flight, Qantas is also eying non-stop flights to Paris, Rome and Frankfurt on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “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 non-stop. This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.”
Passenger comfort on this kind of ultra long flight was a key consideration. That is why Qantas will have features in the Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. The enhanced Qantas cabin design is in addition to the comfort factors that Boeing built in to the Dreamliner – improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.
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. But Qantas will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport (PER) 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.