Qantas Confirms Perth to London Direct in 2018
Qantas on Sunday confirmed the rumours we shared last month that come March 2018 the carrier will fly Perth to London without a stop, linking Australia and Europe via a direct flight for the very first time.
The 14 498km journey on a ritzy new 787-9 Boeing Dreamliner will take about seventeen hours and become the second longest flight in the world after Air India’s service between Delhi and San Francisco.
The tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said confirmation of the Perth-London route – which had been previously flagged as a possibility by Qantas – was “a game-changing moment” for Australian tourism.
It is also a welcome announcement for the state of WA who were last week reported being the worst performing economy in the country following the fading mining boom. The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo forecast the route would create more jobs in Perth because Qantas would use Perth Airport as a hub for flights from the east coast to Britain. It’s also likely to increase tourism significantly, with East Coast Australians using the Perth stop as an opportunity to explore the city before heading to the Europe.