Wednesday 14 December 2016

London-Perth In Just 17 Hours


Qantas hopes the flights will get off the ground in March 2018 using its first long-range Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The 9,000-mile flights would shadow the current longest journey, that of an Emirates flight from Dubai to Auckland. That flight lasts 16 hours and 35 minutes covering 8,823 miles.

According to The West Australian, Alan Joyce from Qantas is close to making a deal.

He said: ‘When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

Our customers, from Perth, are going to have a service that saves you three hours getting to London and from the UK getting here.

‘From Melbourne and Sydney and all other destinations in Australia, it will save you an hour going through Perth compared to Dubai or Singapore or other destinations.’

Federal Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said Qantas would use Perth as a hub for passengers from eastern Australia going to Britain, and the service would boost employment and tourism.

As part of the plan, the state government is putting AUS$14million (£8.3million) into upgrading the airport terminal, including border control and quarantine facilities.



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