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Qantas mulls London non-stop as airfares keep falling

October 25, 2016 Headline News 1 Comment Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59Intense competition on the route between Australia and Britain and its impact on fares and yields is one reason that Qantas is considering flying non-stop from Australia to London, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce revealed last week.

Speaking at the Qantas annual general meeting, Joyce said intense competition on international routes meant Qantas, “like most other global carriers”, was seeing airfares “below where they were 12 months ago”.

Joyce said Qantas was examining whether to launch a non-stop flight between Perth and London with B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft due to be delivered in just over a year, Reuters reported.http://www.seychelles.travel/

Qantas will receive the first of eight B787-9s in 2017, letting the airline fly new routes. The distance from Perth to London is 14,466 kilometres, within the aircraft’s range.

Non-stop to London from Perth would work well for Perth, allowing it to market itself to Australia’s east coast cities as the only Australian stopover possibility on a one-stop flight to London. Currently, all flights from Australia to London require at least one stop, which is either in Asia or the Middle East.

Joyce said flights to London from Australia’s east coast had been challenging because Qantas was competing against more than 30 airlines on the so-called Kangaroo Route.

Qantas plans to keep a tight focus on costs and yields, to ensure capacity matches demand.

Written by Peter Needham

 

 

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    How much publicity can Mr Joyce scrape out of this old chestnut. Apart from anything else, Emirates would never allow Qantas to one-up them by bypassing Dubai. I don’t think Perth has enough travellers to support such a route, and the amount of fuel that would have to be carried would make such a route uneconomical. But Mr Joyce will keep making little noises to make sure their new 787’s get as much media coverage as possible.

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