Seven decades since Australia’s national carrier first took tourists Down Under, tickets are now on sale for a seat on the new Qantas route linking London and Perth, meaning holidaymakers can now officially fly direct to Australia from the UK for the first time.
The route, which flies out of Heathrow and replaces the London-Dubai-Melbourne flights, is actually the first regular non-stop passenger service from Europe to Oz, having first been announced back in December 2016.
Flights will begin on March 25 in 2018 and will run daily, leaving from Heathrow at 13.30 and returning from Perth at 18.50.
It may be a long flight, but tourists will find that the aircraft offers the utmost comfort. The Boeing 787-Dreamliner that will service the route is engineered with long-haul comfort in mind. Qantas are also building new lounges in both Perth and Heathrow’s Terminal 3 to add extra pre-flight indulgence to your trip.
Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce believes that the new route is a major step forward for air travel between the two countries.
“We’ve said the Qantas Dreamliner is a game changer, and that’s becoming real today. 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 the UK and Australia in a single hop… We’re conscious that this is a long flight, but not much longer than our Sydney to Dallas service.
“It’s the kind of route that the Dreamliner was created for, because of its built-in features to reduce jetlag and improve the overall travel experience. We’ve added a very high level of comfort in each of the cabins and a lower seat count than most of our competitors. And we’re making tweaks to our in-flight service designed to help customers enjoy the journey more,” he said.