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Qantas launch first non-stop flight from Perth to London on Saturday

The first non-stop link between Australia and Europe will take off on Saturday, with the aid of break-through technology.

Qantas launches its 17-hour long-haul flight from Perth to London on Saturday, covering a staggering 14,498km without stopping.

The return flight will break the record for the longest non-stop scheduled passenger flight from a UK airport.

Qantas launches its 17-hour long-haul flight from Perth to London on Saturday, covering a staggering 14,498km without stopping

The Australian airline said it introduced new technologies to ensure the wellness and comfort of its passengers maintained a priority. 

‘We’ve given passengers more space in every class, including an extra inch of legroom in economy and more personal storage,’ International chief executive Alison Webster told The Australian.

She said the Boing Dreamliner had just 236 seats fitted, which was far fewer than the 300 fitted in competitor aircraft. And each passenger will have their own 12-inch high-definition touch screen.

Ms Webster said the aircraft also adjusted the cabin pressure so passengers would feel less fatigued during the flight.

The return flight will break the record for the longest non-stop scheduled passenger flight from a UK airport

The return flight will break the record for the longest non-stop scheduled passenger flight from a UK airport

Ms Webster said the aircraft also adjusted the cabin pressure so passengers would feel less fatigued during the flight - and be fresh when they land in London (pictured) 

Ms Webster said the aircraft also adjusted the cabin pressure so passengers would feel less fatigued during the flight – and be fresh when they land in London (pictured) 

She said the plane would also simulate a sunrise so passengers were not jolted awake.

Charles Perkins Centre Sydney University Professor of Sleep Medicine Peter Cistulli said the long-haul flight was the result of ongoing studies and simulations.

‘[We’re] pushing back this dark period where we offer people the opportunity to sleep, that’s going to happen about four or five hours into the flight,’ he said.

Professor Cistulli said lighting was just one of many changes to be implemented on the Perth to London flight.

He said the type of food served and the temperature of the cabin would also be adjusted.

The professor said the flight was also the beginning of new studies for the centre, in an ongoing effort to improve comfort for people travelling on long-haul flights.

Professor Cistulli said some passengers would be fitted with devices to measure their sleep and wellness on the flight.

The results will be collected and assessed to make future trips even more bearable.  

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has described both the route and aircraft as 'game-changing' 

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has described both the route and aircraft as ‘game-changing’ 

The type of food served and the temperature of the cabin will also be adjusted on the long-haul flight 

The type of food served and the temperature of the cabin will also be adjusted on the long-haul flight 

Passengers taking advantage of the new link will save around three hours compared with the quickest existing routes, which involve stopping to change planes or refuel in the Middle East.

It will also enable quicker journeys to Sydney and Melbourne than flying via Dubai.

Qantas will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for the non-stop route, with 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats.

Aviation consultant John Strickland said the launch of the flights is a significant moment for the airline industry.

He told the Press Association: ‘It will be a further test of how successful airlines can be with ultra long haul flying and whether this delivers sufficient profitability to justify the investment in aircraft.

‘Qantas will certainly be hoping to attract a higher proportion of premium customers due to the speed advantage combined with the 787’s better cabin atmosphere.’

'We expect many travellers from Europe will start their time in Australia with a visit to Perth (airport pictured) before going on to see other parts of the county,' Mr Joyce said 

‘We expect many travellers from Europe will start their time in Australia with a visit to Perth (airport pictured) before going on to see other parts of the county,’ Mr Joyce said 

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has described both the route and aircraft as ‘game-changing’.

He said: ‘A direct flight makes travelling to Australia a much more attractive proposition to millions of people.

‘We expect many travellers from Europe will start their time in Australia with a visit to Perth before going on to see other parts of the country.’  

 

 



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