Next March, Qantas will inaugurate its new non-stop flight from Perth, Western Australia to London. The first ever non-stop flight between Europe and Australia.
“When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement during the flight’s announcement last December. “Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.”
In fact, the 14,497 km-long flight will be the third longest scheduled commercial flight in the world, right after Air India’s 15,128 km flight from Delhi to San Francisco and Qatar Airways’ 14,536 km flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.
The Perth to London route will overtake the airline’s 13,729 km non-stop flight between Sydney and Dallas, Texas. That flight is operated by Airbus A380 superjumbos.
Last week, Boeing rolled out the new plane Qantas will use to operate the Perth to London flight, a 787-9 Dreamliner. It’s one of eight Dreamliners Qantas has on order.
The Sydney-based airline is expected to take delivery of the plane on October 16 before it enters service in December on Qantas’ flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles.
Here’s a closer look at Qantas’ shiny new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
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The Qantas' first 787-9 Dreamliner recently rolled out of the Boeing's paint hangar in Everett, Washington.
The Dreamliner also features windows that are 65% larger than its competitors, while its composite fuselage allows the cabin to be pressurised to mimic 6,000 feet of altitude. That, along with increased humidity in the cabin, air allows for a more comfortable flight.
Unlike other ultra-long-haul jets in the Qantas fleet, the Dreamliner will not have a first class cabin. Instead, it will have 42 Business Class suites,...
The new Business Class suite features lie-flat seats that convert into 80' beds. In addition, each seat is equipped with a 16-inch entertainment screen, and a privacy screen.
Business class passengers get to experience fine dining like this Neil Perry signature Zucchini flowers with goat cheese filling with watercress, tarragon, and tomato vinaigrette. All of this is served on china by Noritake.
In addition, suite passengers will get amenity kits designed by one of 16 Australian artists. Such as this one by Lucy Simpson and...
The new Premium Economy will get 38 inches of seat pitch and a new infotainment screen that's 25% larger than before.
Economy Class passengers will get 32 inches of seat pitch and a 12-inch infotainment screen along with a personal storage shelf and integrated mood light.
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