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Travellers would be able to fly direct between Australia and the UK for the first time in 2018, with the launch of Qantas’ new non-stop Perth-London service.
The new 14,498km route, which would be operated using the airline’s brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, is set to begin its operation in March 2018 and would become the first direct connection between Australia and Europe.
The Dreamliner series also features lower cabin noise, improved air quality, and technology to reduce turbulence. In total, Qantas’ B787-9s would seat 236 passengers in business, premium economy and economy class cabins.
“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.
“It’s great news for travellers because it will make it easier to get to London. 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,” he added.
The new Perth-London flights will be available from April 2017.