A 787-9 Boeing Dreamliner will be the one to make that epic journey of 17 hours between Perth, a city on the remote west coast of Australia and London, said Qantas.
The service will not be launched by the airline until March of 2018.
Alan Joyce the CEO at Qantas said the route will be game-changing using an aircraft that is game-changing. Australians, said Joyce, have never enjoyed a direct link to the continent of Europe prior to this, so opportunities that are opened are very big.
Flying from Australia to the UK has been one of Qantas’ holy grails. Prior to this, the airline had to make stops in Dubai or Singapore to reach Europe on what was called the Kangaroo Route.
Joyce said that 70 years ago the original service between Australia and London took 4 days with 9 stops.
Qantas in a prepared statement said the service of Perth to London was 9,009 miles and would be one of the world’s longest passenger flights.
Up to now, the flight was not feasible economically. The strong winds eastbound had forced fuel to be brought along, while sacrificing much needed cargo spaces or even leaving unfilled seats.
In air travel at the commercial level, at times flights of shorter duration actually are covering more ground. This is true of the record holder currently for distances. Service by Air India between New Delhi and San Francisco, which flies across the Pacific, rather than a route that is more common taking it over the North Pole, is 9,408 miles.
The route over the Pacific is far longer, but saves fuel as well as time due to tailwinds that are provided by the jet stream at high-altitude.
This past February a new champion for the longest flight related to durations was crowned as Qatar Airways started a flight between Auckland and Doha that takes 17 hours and 46 minutes.
The Perth to London routed on Qantas will be the longest in the world using a Dreamliner, which began service during 2011. A number of new routes of ultra-distance have been started with a new generation of Boeing as well as Airbus fuel-efficient aircraft.
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