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As Perth gears up for the start of game-changing Qantas non-stop flights to London, reports are circulating that Qantas is planning to launch other non-stop routes to Europe from Perth – to Paris Charles de Gaulle and to Frankfurt.

The inaugural Perth-London service, due to begin in March 2018, will become the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe. Perth will become a hub, a stopover and a connection point not just for Europe-bound travellers from other parts of Australia, but Europe-bound travellers from New Zealand.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Air New Zealand flies nonstop year-round between Perth and Auckland and sometimes Perth and Christchurch. The New Zealand carrier (recently voted the most trusted company in either New Zealand or Australia) is boosting its presence in Australia with a premium passenger lounge at Perth’s international terminal, to open towards the end of this year.

Qantas operates the Perth-Auckland route seasonally and the launch of nonstop Perth-London services may spur it to expand its nonstop Perth-Auckland offering.

Perth City shopping

CH Aviation, a news outlet based in Chur, Switzerland that specialises in providing airline intelligence, reports that Qantas is set to deploy all eight of the B787-9 Dreamliners it has on order from Boeing by the end of 2018.

The initial four aircraft will join the Qantas fleet by March 2018, with the other four joining by November 2018. Qantas is keen to get the aircraft in service as soon as practicable.

The arrival of the second batch of B787-9s is tipped to let Qantas make Paris Charles de Gaulle its next non-stop European destination from Perth.

Australian Business Traveller has mentioned Paris, Rome and Berlin as possible non-stop destinations from Perth. Sources in Perth think Frankfurt may be third after London and Paris. So far, only London has been confirmed, with tickets already on sale.

Chief executive of Experience Perth, Noeleen Pearson

Speaking at ATE17 in Sydney at the weekend, Noeleen Pearson, chief executive of the Perth Region Tourism Organisation, said the coming Qantas nonstop flights to London and recent major airport expansion in Perth were contributing to a transformation of the city, which had seen 2000 new hotel rooms added in the past 18 months.

As well as the AUD 1 billion re-development of Perth Airport, the new Perth Arena is already attracting entertainers, performers and sporting fixtures from around the world. The design of the stadium has a “fans first” philosophy and a total capacity of 60,000 seats with the potential to expand to 70,000. It’s due for completion in 2018.

Numerous new hotels and apartments to have opened in the city recently include Crown Towers, which opened in December 2016. The ultra-luxe Crown Towers has 500 guest rooms, suites and villas and a multi-tiered pool area billed as the largest resort swimming pool in Australia.

Qantas B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will operate non-stop Perth-London

Perth’s city centre, meanwhile, has seen dozens of new bars and restaurants open, creating a lively entertainment scene for visitors at night. By day, visitors can enjoy Elizabeth Quay, the landmark waterfront development which opened in 2016, connecting Perth city with the Swan River through a new entertainment and leisure precinct, set around a stunning riverside inlet.

As well as this, one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world, with more than $428 million in capital funds committed, is being developed within the Perth Cultural Centre. The new facility will integrate with the refurbished heritage buildings to display the State collection in contemporary and innovative ways. Due for completion in 2020, it will allow the museum to present blockbuster exhibitions from around the world.

These developments and others are set to make Perth a magnet for travellers from Australasia, Europe and beyond.

Written by Peter Needham

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