29 AUG 16
QANTAS Airways is mulling the introduction of direct Perth – London flights from mid-2018, when the first five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arrive for the national carrier.
The WA Government and Perth Airport have been in consultation with Qantas Airways in regards to the possible route’s promotion and infrastructure.
If flights do go ahead, they will most certainly operate out of Qantas’ current domestic terminal, on the other side of the airfield, as traffic for this route will feed primarily from interstate. The flights will also be some of the longest in the world, with flight time nudging seventeen and a half hours westbound.
Premier Colin Barnett says that new flights will be a game-changer for the WA economy and boost our position as a global tourism hotspot.
“We know that Qantas is looking at a number of options including a Perth to London option with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Liberal-Nationals Government, through Tourism WA, is in discussion with Qantas and Perth Airport in order to further explore the option and all parties are keenly interested and supportive of this opportunity,”
According to The West Australian, both Qantas and Perth Airport are yet to finetune out how the airline’s passenger facilities would need to be reconfigured to manage the flight, in a make or break deal.
Qantas is also looking at launching new routes from the east coast to the United States with the state-of-the-art aircraft.
The airline will receive the first of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in October 2017, but will announce its first routes for the aircraft by the end of the year.