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Mon, 12 December 2016

Qantas to Launch 17-Hour Flights Between Australia and London, England

Qantas has confirmed plans to launch non-stop flights between Perth and London, England.

Qantas will launch the 14,498 km flights using Boeing 787-9 aircraft in March 2018. The flight will take approximately 17 hours.

“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,” said Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce. “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.”

Qantas Boeing 787-9.

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.

Qantas will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport by 2025, pending a commercial agreement.

“We’ll be looking at the timing of our domestic flights through Perth to offer the best connections we can to our international flights, particularly given they will all be under the one roof,” said Mr Joyce. “I’d like to acknowledge the support of the West Australian Government and Perth Airport in helping make this service a reality.”

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.

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