December 11, 2016
Qantas launching world’s longest flight Perth-London
Straight to the Point
Qantas will launch the first nonstop flight between Australia and Europe in March 2018!
Qantas’s newest route will connect Perth and London on its new Boeing 787. The flight time is expected to be around a whopping 17 hours, traversing 14,498 km! This is the first flight to fly directly between Australia and Europe. Tickets will go on sale in April 2017. Also important to note, this plane will be configured with economy, premium economy, and business class (no first class).
Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas, had this to say in a press release:
“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. It’s great news for travelers 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 photo on the left is the new business class seat coming the this aircraft. It promises to have direct aisle access for every seek and looks on par with what other international airlines are doing with their newest business class products.
On the right you’ll see the new economy class seat on this aircraft. Qantas has said there are extra comforts built into the economy seat of this plane because of the distance it’s flying. It looks to me like economy class is still economy class and I still wouldn’t be thrilled to be in that seat for 17 hours.
Qantas is considering adding direct flights between Australia and Paris, Rome, and Frankfurt in the future. These routes aren’t confirmed but they’re all routes that CEO Alan Joyce has said they’re thinking about adding.
This seems like a very interesting route to say the least. Seventeen hours is a LONG time to spend in the air, especially considering you can just fly on a number of existing routes with easy stopovers between Europe and Australia that let you get off the plane, stretch out your legs, get a proper meal etc. I’m personally not a fan of ultra long flights because they tend to be very taxing on the body. That being said, if you’re flying this route in business class it might be a fun experience. Seventeen hours in economy is far too long for my taste though.