Qantas have recently confirmed they will be launching a direct flight from Perth to London next year, with the first services departing in March 2018.
The flight, which will use the Qantas’ 787-9 Dreamliner, is estimated to take approximately 17 hours depending on wind resistance. This makes it the fastest non-stop link between Australia and Europe, yet also the third longest passenger flight in the world.
Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce described the new flight as “game-changing” in the official Qantas media release about the new route. He also acknowledged that “Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.”
“It’s great news for travellers because it will make it easier to get to London,” Joyce continued. “It’s great news for Western Australia because it will bring jobs and tourism. And it’s great news for the nation, because it will bring us closer to one of our biggest trade partners and sources of visitors.”
Joyce also addressed concerns about how Qantas will guarantee passenger comfort on such a long flight:
“When we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of.”
“That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. Our Business Suite has been nicknamed ‘mini First class’ by many of our frequent flyers. And we’re redesigning our on-board service to help reduce jetlag,” he added.
The Perth to London route will operate through Qantas’ pre-existing domestic terminals at Perth Airport, which are being upgraded to transform the airport into a new global travel hub. Joyce indicated that this will involve a new Qantas International Transit Lounge featuring shower suites, a wellness facility and an outdoor BBQ. It has also been reported that all of Qantas’ domestic flights, as well as services from Perth to Singapore and Auckland, will operate from this area so customers can transfer with ease.
We are excited to see how this new route will change the face of business and leisure travel between Australia and Europe. Get in touch today to find out how you can secure a seat on this flight in early 2018.