Qantas Launches First Nonstop Commercial Flight Between Australia and the UK

Served by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the flight is also the third longest route in the world.

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Qantas, which operates some of the world’s longest flights, has recently launched its nonstop service between Perth and London Heathrow.

As the airline’s longest to date, it is also the first nonstop commercial flight linking Australia and Europe. Served by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the flight clocks a total of 14,500 kilometers and a total of 17 hours.

Business-class passengers onboard the 787-9 can enjoy direct-aisle access as the seats are laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat is also 24 inches wide and can recline to an 80-inch fully flat bed.

Qantas flight QF 9 departs Perth at 6:45 p.m. and arrives at London Heathrow at 5:05 a.m. the following morning, while Qantas flight QF 10 departs London Heathrow at 1:15 p.m. and arrives back in Perth the next day at 1:00 p.m.

With so much hype surrounding this new route, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has even gone as far to calling it a “game changer.”

He said: “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.”

“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.”

Following this monumental launch, the airline has plans to introduce nonstop flights from London to Australia’s east coast capitals.

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