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Non-stop Australia-UK Qantas flights within two years

October 15, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas plans to use the latest B787-9 Dreamliner to connect Australia and Britain non-stop by 2017.

Chief executive, Alan Joyce, told Air Transport World the new aircraft “opens up direct service from Australia to Europe for the first time”. He indicated that the obvious choice would be a flight between Perth and Heathrow.

The flight would last 18 hours and span eight time zones. It’s one of two bum-numbingly long flights to have been mooted in the past day or two. The other is proposed by Singapore Airlines (SIA).http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/b2b/TravelIndustry.asp?utm_source=eglobal&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=eglobal-b2b&FBTrack=CUST-B2BINDUSTRY

The go ahead has been given for an ultra long range (ULR) version of the A350-900 for SIA, for the express purpose of re-launching non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, or to Newark, for New York City. SIA used to operate the route with an A340 but the four-engined plane proved too expensive in fuel consumption.

The Qantas proposal to launch non-stop Perth- London service is more relevant to the Australian market. A report in London’s Independent says the Australian airline is understood to have leased slots at Heathrow to British Airways, “which could be reclaimed for the new service”.

Two pairs of pilots would be required for the flight, plus extra cabin crew. The B787 will be fitted with a crew rest area above the passenger cabin.

Qantas holds the current record for the world’s longest flight. Its daily Dallas-Fort Worth to Sydney service lasts 17 hours.

Various other monstrously long flights are in the pipeline. See: New contender emerges for world’s-longest-route crown

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Stop perpetuating this myth. QF has not said it would start nonstop flights from Perth to London. It has said they would be feasible, that’s all. The same thing was widely written when they bought the B747-400 Longreach. There is not a market for PER-LON nonstop and I doubt passengers would accept 18-19hrs. At best, we might see some new longhauls like Sydney – Istanbul, a route that Turkish has already considered doing nonstop or Melbourne – Dallas. Or it could just be Mr Joyce getting a little free publicity for his airline.

  2. railwise says:

    This proposal raises a number of issues. For example, why has Qantas not done the obvious thing and changed it’s deferred 380 orders to 350’s? They are surely not contemplating accepting any more of these fuel-guzzling aircraft. More prudent thinking would convert the existing 4-engine aircraft in the fleet – both 380’s and 747-400’s – to newer, more fuel-efficient and versatile twin-jets, and it is unlikely that Airbus would be too upset as it would still hold the order. Indeed it should also be possible to trade-in some A330’s as well – which. with return of aircraft at the end of their leases, should simplify the Qantas operation somewhat, to A350’s, 787’s and 737-800’s. Seems logical to me,especially with a number of airlines seeking to divest themselves of A380’s at the moment. Smaller twin-jets with more frequent services, that’s the way to go. Be an airline of the future and seize the opportunity, not just an albatross from the past!

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