Australians can now book non-stop flights from Australia to Europe for the first time, with tickets for Qantas’ Perth-London (Heathrow) route going on sale today.
Daily flights on the history-making route began this week and form part of a new Melbourne-Perth-London return service. The services will be operated by Qantas’ new Boeing 787-Dreamliner.
The new QF9/10 will replace Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London services and the 14,498km flight will take approximately 17 hours – longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “We’ve said the Qantas Dreamliner is a game changer, and that’s becoming real today. The Kangaroo Route has kept changing with new technology. It used to take four days and seven stops but now we’re able to link Australia and UK in a single hop. It’s a level of convenience Australians have never had before.
“We’re conscious that this is a long flight, but not much longer than our Sydney to Dallas service. It’s the kind of route that the Dreamliner was created for, because of its built-in features to reduce jetlag and improve the overall travel experience. We’re making tweaks to our in-flight service designed to help customers enjoy the journey more.
“This route makes Western Australia a new tourism gateway for Australia. We know from our research that there’s a lot of appetite to explore the West, not just from British and European visitors but also from Aussies on their way to London. A lot of business travellers, particularly in the resources sector, will stop off in Perth on their way to the UK.”