Friday, 20 April, 2018

Qantas Airways Launches Non-Stop Flight From Perth To London

Qantas Philip Capps and David Caon Qantas Philip Capps and David Caon
Heather Davidson | 27 March, 2018, 17:26

Ultra-long flights like the 17-hour non-stop service Australia's Qantas is launching from Perth to London on Saturday are doing more than stretching aircraft ranges - they are lowering ticket prices for more conventional routes, data shows. "It will be a game changer for the resources sector". "This is the first long-haul economy I've done where I haven't got a sore back, the angle of the seat is really good", a passenger gave a positive feedback, and praised the work Qantas has done.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce celebrates as he arrives at Heathrow Airport.

The number of ultra-long haul flights - those over 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 kilometres) - has almost tripled to 19 over the last decade, according to travel data provider OAG, as smaller, fuel-efficient twin-engine planes like Boeing Co's 787 and Airbus SE's A350 have entered service.

The airline unveiled plans for the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, for the "last frontier of global aviation", back in August past year.

Mr Harding also said 15 per cent of travellers who had booked the direct London flights were stopping over in Perth to spend three or more days. "For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link".

Australia is now directly linked to the United Kingdom by air for the first time with the start of the non-stop flights between Perth and London, and flights connecting the east coast could begin in 2022. "Now we can do it in a single leap", Joyce said.

'The response to the flight has been awesome, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in.

Turbulence-sensing technology smooths out the ride while various solutions reduce cabin noise.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline had challenged Airbus and Boeing to produce an aircraft capable of flying direct to Heathrow and NY from Sydney and Melbourne.

It also has a customised menu to help travellers cope with jetlag, including a bedtime drink of hot chocolate.

Still, the Perth-London route will deliver a "significant boost" to Western Australia's $191 billion economy, said Chris Rodwell, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

'Qantas will certainly be hoping to attract a higher proportion of premium customers due to the speed advantage combined with the 787's better cabin atmosphere'.

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