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Qantas to Fly Non-Stop Perth to London with B787-9

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PER-LHR direct. The beginning of the end of the lucrative Kangaroo route


Next March, Qantas will inaugurate its new non-stop flight from Perth, Western Australia to London. The first ever non-stop scheduled flight between Europe and Australia.

"When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops," Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement during the flight's announcement last December. "Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop."

In fact, the 9,008 mile-long flight will be the third longest scheduled commercial flight in the world, right after Air India's 9,400-mile flight from Delhi to San Francisco and Qatar Airways' 9,032-mile flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.

The Perth to London route will overtake the airline's 8,531-mile non-stop flight between Sydney and Dallas, Texas. That flight is operated by Airbus A380 superjumbos.

Last week, Boeing rolled out the new plane Qantas will use to operate the Perth to London flight, a 787-9 Dreamliner. It's one of eight Dreamliners Qantas has on order.

The Sydney-based airline is expected to take delivery of the plane on October 16 before it enters service in December on Qantas' flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Here's a closer look at Qantas' shiny new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.



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Qantas is likely to extract a 20% premium from passengers on the world’s longest direct flights when it launches nonstop services connecting Sydney with New York and London in late 2025. 

The Australian flag carrier is betting on passengers paying a premium for seats on the marathon 20-hour legs to avoid the hassle and extra time spent transiting on the way. 

Tickets on Qantas Airways Ltd. services between Perth, Australia, and London already cost 20% more than flights that stop on the way in Singapore or the Middle East, Chief Financial Officer Vanessa Hudson said at an airline industry gathering in Istanbul on Monday.

It’s “very reasonable” to assume passengers will be prepared to pay the same price hike for the coming ultra-long flights, dubbed Project Sunrise, Hudson said at the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association. 

Qantas has ordered 12 customized Airbus SE A350 twin-aisle aircraft to operate the routes. The airline said last month that the A350s and Project Sunrise will deliver at least A$400 million ($264 million) of operating profit a year once the entire fleet is in service. 



Joyce said this month he had “no doubt” about the commercial viability of the nonstop flights, citing the 17-hour Perth-London service, Qantas’s most profitable international route before the pandemic. Flights of this duration have become normal and Project Sunrise routes aren’t much longer, he said.


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