Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

December 11, 2016 9:51 am Published by

Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

  • 11 December 2016
  • From the section Business

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The new route will bring visitors and trade to Perth, says the airline

Passengers will be able to fly from London to Australia non-stop for the first time when airline Qantas launches its new service from March 2018.

Australia’s national carrier says it will connect Perth, in the west of the country, to the UK capital using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The 9,000 mile (14,498km) flight will take 17 hours.

Perth will be a hub for passengers from eastern Australia going to the UK, tourism minister Steven Ciobo said.

He also said the new service would boost employment and tourism in Australia, a sector growing three times faster than the rest of the national economy, and one that supports 580,000 jobs.

Mr Ciobo also said that the UK was Australia’s third-largest source of international visitors, with 660,000 people travelling from there to Australia in 2015.

‘Huge opportunities’

“When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops,” Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce said.

“Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.”

He added: “The opportunities this opens up are huge.

“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.”

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers, Qantas said.

The new flights will make up the longest non-stop passenger route in the world.

The existing record is for an Emirates Airlines 14,200-kilometre Dubai-to-Auckland, New Zealand, flight started in March 2016, and taking 16 hours 35 minutes in an Airbus A380.

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