Qantas begins first non-stop flight between Australia, Great Britain Video

27 March, 2018, 17:27 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Qantas Philip Capps and David Caon

Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path, Qantas said.

To ensure there are more long direct flights from Australia, Mr Joyce said Qantas needs to show that the plan will be economically beneficial.

The old "Kangaroo Route" Sydney to London 70 years ago had seven stops and took four days.

Leaving Sydney, it stopped in Darwin in northern Australia, Singapore, Calcutta in India, Karachi in Pakistan, Cairo in Egypt, Tripoli in Libya and, finally, London.

The route is the world's second-longest after Qatar Airways' service from Doha to Auckland.

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The former champion, Singapore Airlines' 15,300km Singapore-New York route, was discontinued in 2013.

According to Flightradar24, a website for flight-tracking, the flight took a route over the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka, before it headed towards the UAE and flew over Iran, continued to fly over German airspace before it eventually started its approach into Heathrow.

Australian Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo touted the benefits the new flight would bring to the nation of about 25 million, both economically and touristically.

The new long-haul route is created to attract first of all lucrative corporate travelers who can save several hours by avoiding a stop-off, but it will definitely popular among tourists as well since Australia is becoming an attractive destination for Britons. It arrived at Heathrow at 05:03 local time today with 16 crew and more than 200 passengers on board (above) after a 17h 3min flight.

"This historic, new direct flight opens the door to further opportunities for British and Australian businesses and will make life easier for tourists travelling between London and Perth".

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Before the new service, the longest flight to Britain was a journey of 7,275 miles between Heathrow and Jakarta, operated by Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier.

"By the end of this year, we'll know if both aircraft can do it".

Qantas will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for the non-stop route, with 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats.

For Qantas, the Perth connection is a high-profile test for a planned ultra long-haul network that the airline hopes will span the world by 2022.

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