Today Qantas announced the official sales start of surely the longest ever non-stop passenger flight. The Australia based airlines will launch a nonstop route from Perth to London Heathrow starting March 24, 2018. The Kangaroo route marks a milestone in passenger air travel, directly connecting Europe with Australia for the first time.
Boeing 787-Dreamliner, the perfect long hauler
Daily flights on the history-making route begin on 24 March 2018 and form part of a new Melbourne-Perth-London return service. The services will be operated by Qantas’ new Boeing 787-Dreamliner – an aircraft designed specifically for comfort on long-haul sectors.
The new routes (flight numbers QF9 and QF10) will replace Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London services seven decades after the national carrier first flew Australians all the way to London. Passengers will check in for Melbourne-Perth-London (QF9) and London-Perth-Melbourne (QF10).
17 Hours PER-LHR starting at $4,250 Economy
Year round return Economy fares for the Melbourne-London and Perth-London routes start from $2,270 but are expected to drop below $2,000 during sale periods. Year round return Premium Economy fares start from $4,450 between Melbourne and London and from $4,250 between Perth and London. Year round return Business fares start from $9,890 return between Melbourne and London and from $9,725 between Perth and London.
FAST FACTS – PERTH TO LONDON
- Qantas’ Perth-London service will operate through Qantas’ existing Perth domestic terminals (T3/4), which are being upgraded with new facilities and lounges to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to T3/4
- The 14,498 km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds).
- When it launches, it’s expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the world.
- It will be the longest flight on the Qantas network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km).
- It will also be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world, (download Qantas B787-9 Dreamliner fact sheet and access high res images).
- 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.
- The original Kangaroo route (from Sydney to London) started in 1947 and had the following stopovers over four day duration: Sydney, Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito, Rome, London.
Qantas’ Feels Like Home Campaign
Have a peek into the brand new campaign the airline will be launching April 30, 2017.
We’ll try to get on this route asap, but in case you’d beat us in flying this new version of the Kangaroo Route earlier, please tell us and send us your story.