September 4, 2017
Qantas Wants to Fly 20 Hours to London
Australia’s national flag carrier recently announced intentions to launch super long-haul flights to London. This would be the world’s longest flight, clocking in at 20 hours! London has been on the radar for the Australian airline for years, as it is one of the most popular international destinations for Australians. However, Qantas faces one problem: There are currently no commercial aircraft capable of flying nonstop from Sydney to London. Qantas is reaching out to Boeing and Airbus to design a new jet capable of making the flight within the next five years.
Apart from the London route, Qantas is also eyeing nonstop flights from Sydney to Paris and New York. This would be the first long-haul direct link between the US East Coast and Australia. Qantas is already set to launch the world’s longest flight from Perth-London in March 2018, and is planning on adding more routes to Europe from the Western Australian hub.
Qantas flights from Sydney to London currently involve a stopover in Dubai, with its partner airline Emirates taking passengers onward to London. Starting March 2018, Qantas flights from Sydney to London will stopover in Singapore instead of Dubai, and take passengers onward to London on Qantas aircraft. Passengers can still choose to connect in Dubai and continue to London on Emirates aircraft if they wish. Qantas is making this change because it says passengers prefer a stopover in Asia instead of the Middle East.
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