Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Australia-UK: First non-stop flight en route from Perth to London

Australia-UK: First non-stop flight en route from Perth to London

The airline is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the 17 hour flight which will cover 9,009-mile over the course of the journey.

It is the second longest route in operation in the world after a 14,529km trip from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand, run by Qatar Airways.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been specially fitted out for the inaugural Perth-London flight, reducing the capacity of the plane to 236 business, premium economy and economy seats to give more leg room.

Its head of aviation, Justin Penny, said: "Flight Centre definitely feels that long-term the new route is viable and we will see additional services being launched from Europe to Australia in the coming years".

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce a year ago said such flights were "the last frontier of global aviation ... the antidote to the tyranny of distance and a revolution for air travel in Australia".

Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of favourable winds.

The Australian flag carrier's Chief Executive, Alan Joyce, has called the new Perth-London service a "game-changing route".

Earlier this year, Qantas launched its first ever non-stop flights from the United Kingdom to Perth.

Some of the passengers have agreed to share data on their sleeping and activity patterns with researchers from the University of Sydney.

But Singapore Airlines has provided the world's longest flight, travelling more than 15,300km from Singapore to NY on a direct route that was discontinued in 2013.

About 730,000 British tourists visit Australia every year and the new service could boost interest in the state of Western Australia, often overlooked in favour of the country's east coast, said Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo.

The plane was fitted with special features to minimise discomfort during the journey including measures which minimised noise.

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.

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