19 OCTOBER 2015


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Article from BTNews 19 OCTOBER 2015

London – Perth non-stop?

Hard on the heels of Singapore Airlines’ plans for the long-range A350-900ULR (see this issue), Qantas is said to be considering launching non-stops between the UK and Australia.

The carrier has ordered eight Boeing 787-9s, which are scheduled for delivery in 2017. Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas, said the capabilities of the aircraft meant a direct London – Perth route “could become tenable”.

Flights from London to Perth currently take about 22hr, with a stopover en route. A direct service would take about 18hr.

Qantas holds the record for the longest flight going, from Sydney to Dallas, which takes more than 15 hours but Emirates has also entered the fray.

The Middle East carrier has announced plans for a non-stop service from Dubai to Panama City. Scheduled to begin next February, this would take 17hr 35min.   www.qantas.com.au

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