It’s a notoriously long, tiring and stopover-filled journey from the UK to downunder, but the good news is that you will soon be able to fly direct from London to Perth.
Quantas, the flag carrier airline of Australia, has started selling tickets for the longest non-stop route in the world, with the first plane due to take off from Heathrow at 1.30pm on 25 March 2018.
It’ll still be a long trek, covering 9,010 miles over 17 hours, but the experience should be much more relaxing without any time-wasting Dubai stopovers disrupting your beauty sleep (or as good as that gets in economy, anyway).
Alan Joyce, CEO of Quantas, said: “We’ve said the Quantas Dreamliner is a game changer and that’s becoming real. The ‘kangaroo route’ has kept changing with new technology. It used to take four days and seven stops but now we’re able to link Australia and the UK in a single hop. It’s a level of convenience Australians have never had before.”
Brits will benefit hugely from this new launch too, making the idea of an Australia and New Zealand gap year all the more tempting. But be warned, a return ticket starts at a whopping £1,095, so you might want to start using that piggy bank your grandma gave you for Christmas.
The high price accounts for high fuel burn, two pairs of pilots and extra staff, but Quantas believes that enough business and leisure travellers will be prepared to fork out extra dosh to fly non-stop.