Beginning in March 2018, air travelers will be able to fly from Australia to Europe on a non-stop flight.
Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner will take passengers from one continent to the next, Qantas said.
The flight from London to Perth, a city on Australia’s remote west coast, will take 17 hours. The airline will be joining the ranks of the world’s longest passenger flight.
“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said. “Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.”
The 9,009-mile-long journey (14,498 kilometers), when launched, is expected to be one of the longest passenger flights in the world.
The flight from Australia to Europe has long been known as the “Kangaroo Route” by the airline. The “Kangaroo Route” involves hopping through Singapore and Dubai.
A senior spokesman for Qantas said that the company does not plan to get rid of the “Kangaroo Route”, it is just adding a non-stop option for air travelers.
“Dubai will remain an important hub for onward services into Europe on our partner, Emirates,” the spokesman said.
“When Qantas created the “Kangaroo Route” to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops,” the airline’s chief executive officer Alan Joyce said.
Tickets for the new non-stop flight will go on sale in April 2017.
This new route will be the world’s longest use of the Dreamliner since it entered the market of planes in 2011.
A non-stop route for this flight has not been an option until recently, due to the strong winds causing a need for more fuel. This meant that passenger seats and cargo space have to be sacrificed in order to carry more fuel.
A new generation of more fuel-efficient Boeing and Airbus aircrafts, has opened up a whole new realm of opportunities for airlines, like Qantas. This allows for the airlines to travel longer distances, without having to sacrifice the passenger seats or the cargo space, like before.
Qantas is marketing to flyers that would like to spend less time traveling and more time at their final destination, the company said.
“Our modelling shows that people from the East Coast as well as South Australia would fly domestically to Perth to connect to our non-stop London service. Some will take the opportunity to break their journey, whether it’s for business meetings in Perth, to holiday or to visit family,” Qantas said in a press release.