Australia’s national carrier Qantas Airways will launch the first regular passenger flight directly linking Australia and Europe.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (NETWORK TEN) – Australia’s national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd will launch the first regular passenger flight directly linking Australia and Europe when it begins flights from Perth to London with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, the airline said on Sunday (December 11).
“In 1947 Qantas created the Kangaroo Route. Back then it was four days and nine stops to get from Australia to London. Now, with this amazing 787. We’ll get you there in 17 hours with no stops,” Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce told a news conference in Perth.
Flights on the 14,498 km (9,000 mile) route will begin in March 2018.
“People talk about Australia being so far away from the rest of the world. Anything that makes that easier, makes that faster, makes that more convenient is something that will really work,” Joyce added.
Federal Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said Qantas would use Perth as a hub for passengers from eastern Australia going to Britain, and the service would boost employment and tourism.
Britain is Australia’s third-largest source of international visitors with more than 660,000 people coming from there to Australia last year, and spending $3.7 billion, Ciobo said in a statement.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers, Qantas said.