The longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world
12 December 2016
Qantas will be operating non-stop flights from Perth to London, an approximate 14,500km journey, using the 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing.
Beginning in March 2018, the 14,498km journey will be the first regular passenger service that links Australia and Europe.
The flight will take approximately 17 hours so passenger comfort was a major consideration. Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said “when we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of. That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. Our Business Suite has been nicknamed ‘mini First class’ by many of our frequent flyers. And we’re redesigning our on-board service to help reduce jetlag.”
Enhanced cabin design include improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.
Seats for this flight go on sale in April 2017. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can carry 236 passengers across all cabin classes.
Fast facts – Perth to London
• The 14,498km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds).
• When it launches, is expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the world.
• Longest flight on the Qantas network, followed by its non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km).
• Will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.
• The first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to Qantas’ list of flying firsts, including:
- First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707.
- First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400.
- First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014.
• Perth was also used as a stopover on flights to London between the 1940s and 1960s.
• In 2015, Qantas operated a one-off B747-400 charter flight from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli – the last time the national carrier flew from Australia to Europe non-stop.