Forget the time you have to spend in your Asian stopover on your way to ol’ Blighty - this is a just a distant memory, as Qantas has just announced the launch of a new direct route for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, flying non-stop from Perth to London. This is a far cry from when Qantas originally created the Kangaroo Route to London way back in 1947, when it took four days and nine stops. Scheduled to commence in March 2018, the flight will take just 17 hours.
Creating a world first as the longest air route in the world, the 14,498km service will be the first scheduled passenger flight linking Australia to Europe, and is being described by Qantas, as the “shortest and fastest” version of the Kangaroo Route.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has stated that this is “a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft…a watershed for travel, tourism and trade". The aircraft in question is the brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, scheduled to land in Australia for the first time in October 2017. The 787 has been credited with great fuel efficiency, which Boeing says is around 20% better than the aircraft it is replacing. Its longer range is impressive too, so far matched by no other aircraft, Boeing or otherwise.
Inside the cabin, the passenger experience is premium, with spacious cabins, extra large dimmable windows, improved luggage storage, seat comfort and design. Perhaps the most attractive feature of flying in the Dreamliner, however, is smarter design with lower cabin altitude, better humidity, smoother ride technology, improved temperature control and sound quality – all resulting in a more pleasant flight experience. “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 onboard service to help reduce jetlag,” Mr Joyce said.
The new flight will operate through Qantas' existing domestic terminals at Perth at Terminals 3/4 which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. Qantas’ existing Perth-Singapore and Perth-Auckland services will also move to this terminal. Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April next year, with the aircraft carrying 239 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
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