On Saturday the 24th of March 2018, the first direct flight from Perth to London Heathrow took off!
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas, left Perth, Australia to fly non-stop to London Heathrow. It is the very first time in aviation history that this happens. The flight will be the first commercial passenger jet to connect the two countries directly and the 9,010 miles will take just over 17 hours to complete. The flight will carry 236 passengers across business, premium economy, and economy cabins. That number has been trimmed back to allow for more fuel. While it signals a new era of efficient engines and lightweight composite structures, it will however not win the title of the world’s longest flight…
Some details about this first non-stop flight
The flight with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was especially developed for long-haul flights, will be in the air for 17 hours and 20 minutes to be exact. This has been announced by the Australian airline Qantas. On board the aircraft there are more than 200 passengers and 156 crew members for this historic flight. Commander of service is Lisa Norman. Qantas flies daily from Saturday without a stopover between London and Perth, the so-called ‘Kangaroo Route’. Until now, this flight lasted for four days, with seven stops (!).
A new tourist entrance gate
With its 14,498 kilometers it is the third longest commercial flight on our blue planet. The longest direct flight currently is one of Qatar Airlines, flying from Doha to Auckland in New Zealand. With the route, Qantas wants to make ‘a new tourist gateway for Australia’ from the west of Australia. The company built a new international transit lounge at the airport in Perth.
The longest current flight
The longest current flight you can take flies you from New Zealand to the capital of Qatar. A Boeing 777-200LR performs the haul. That flight of 14,535 kilometers, which has been running since February 2018, lasts 17 hours and 40 minutes. The second longest is a flight between Sydney and Dallas. These flights may not be long at the top though: Singapore Airlines is soon to take delivery of the ultra-long range Airbus A350-900ULR. With it, it wants to relaunch the 9,537 mile Singapore to New York route. Airbus estimates that will take up to 19 hours.