First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth
27 March, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Barbara Daniel
The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular Qantas service between Australia and the United Kingdom has arrived at London's Heathrow airport.
Early experience with the 787 has also validated Qantas's approach of collaborating with industry partners in designing and delivering its 787 passenger experience.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce with West Australian Premier Mark McGowan.
Emirates Airline Flight 449, with Airbus A380 superjumbos, from Auckland to Dubai, travels a distance of 14,200 km in 17 and a half hours.
Kwong complimented different aspects of the long flight, such as the food and services provided.
The Qantas flight will set off from Perth, arriving in London 17 hours later.
The first ever commercial service directly linking Australia and Europe touched down in London after a seventeen hour and 5 minute journey at about 3.15pm Sunday, eastern Australia time.
"This historic, new direct flight opens the door to further opportunities for British and Australian businesses and will make life easier for tourists travelling between London and Perth". "Now we can do it in a single leap", Joyce adds.
The days of non-stop travel to the other side of the world got one city closer over the weekend, with Qantas completing its first flight between Perth and London Heathrow.
American Express Global Business Travel said bookings on all types of flights from Singapore to San Francisco rose 12 percent a year ago, with Singapore Airlines and United now offering non-stop service on the route in competition with one-stop rivals like Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp.
Joyce added: "The response to the flight has been awesome, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in".
Qantas said the aircraft was operated by four pilots across the 17-hour journey - with one or two pilots resting at any one time - and seats 236 passengers.
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Qantas flight 9 from Perth, capital of Western Australia, landed at Heathrow after flying over the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, the southern tip of India, Oman, the UAE, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Airline Chief Executive Alan Joyce hailed the development as a "game-changer".
'Qantas will certainly be hoping to attract a higher proportion of premium customers due to the speed advantage combined with the 787's better cabin atmosphere'.
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