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Qantas mulls non-stop Sydney-London flights

April 11, 2017 Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

Qantas, which will begin non-stop flights between Perth and London from March 2018, is contemplating a choice of planes which would enable it to fly non-stop to the British capital from Sydney.

A major factor would be cost, with some analysts saying non-stop Perth-London could end up costing up to 40% more than flying the same route with a refuelling stop on the way. Qantas is likely to release fares on the non-stop route later this month.

From Sydney, the differential between one-stop and non-stop to London could be even greater. The longer the sector the more fuel needs to be carried and the weight of the fuel adds to the cost per kilometre – which fares have to cover. But Qantas is said to be mulling the launch of a Sydney-London non-stop service around 2022.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald pointed out that both Airbus and Boeing now offer planes that should be capable of flying non-stop commercial flights Sydney-London. The 20-hour flight would be the “Holy Grail” for Qantas, the writer said, but added that the breakthrough would be commercially viable only if oil prices remained lower than about USD 70 a barrel.

Airbus has increased the range of its A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) to 9700 nautical miles or 17,960 kilometres.

Qantas will use the B787-9 Dreamliner to operate its non-stop flights from Perth to London next year. Senior Perth-based executives of Travellers Choice, in Sydney recently to celebrate the 40th year of the company’s operation, said they had heard non-stop flights to London may involve a significantly higher fare.

Ellis Taylor from the online news site Flightglobal said some passengers in Perth would opt out of the non-stop Perth-London service simply because of the extra cost.

“Qantas will charge more for these flights and that’s really going to make it hard I think for some people to justify paying the extra to go direct,” Taylor said in a report quoted by WA Today.

Qantas has said “customers can expect that our fares will be competitive” and the levels should be known soon.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Peter says:

    What a lame comment from Ellis Taylor. Always a negative spin or slight

    Low calibre journalists on travel websites and blogs unfortunately.

    Yeah, sure some will opt out, but I assure you that given a choice, 1a larger number will opt-in for a non-stop shorter duration flight. Virtually every business traveller will opt for shorter duration nonstop. And be prepared to pay a premium.

    Pay a higher fare also because of demand and convenience. For example LA to New York non-stiop is much more expensive than going via a US major’s hub. Yet the latter is more expensive to operate.

  2. AgentGerko says:

    I think Peter (above) has missed a few points. Unless you live in Perth, flying from anywhere else is still a one stop flight, and I doubt Perth alone has enough Business travellers to support this service. Qantas is already up around $10K for Business Class SYD-LON and they lose a lot to airlines like Cathay and Qatar who can offer the same for two grand cheaper. As for SYD-LON nonstop, again if you come from MEL or BNE it becomes onestop, with that horrible transit bus journey between terminals in Sydney. Yes there will be a percentage of Business Class travellers who’ll do 19hrs nonstop but not so sure about Economy. The backpackers won’t pay extra for nonstop, and the experienced will know that one stop to stretch the legs or even stopover is far preferable. The vast majority of Economy travellers buy on price, not speed, and will not pay extra just to miss one stop.

    But no doubt Qantas will yet again buy the wrong plane, find its incompatible with most of their routes, and lose more dollars and market share before giving their management a performance bonus.

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