Qantas Perth to London Heathrow
Qantas’ first Perth to London Heathrow flight launched on 24 March, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of travelling between the two continents. The history-making flight QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 19:00 on Saturday evening and landed in London at 05:00 on Sunday.
Celebrations were also held upon arrival in the UK, where Qantas CEO Alan Joyce received the anna.aero “Platinum Planet Prize”, an award recognising the world’s first-ever non-stop route from Australia to Europe. Operated by a 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path.
- Qantas launched its landmark flights between Perth (PER) and London Heathrow (LHR) on 24 March, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of travelling between the two continents. Upon arrival in the UK, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce received the anna.aero “Platinum Planet Prize”. The Qantas boss described the flight as a major milestone for Australia as well as global aviation.“This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link. The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap. The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.” Operated daily by 787-9s, the 14,499-kilometre sector will face no direct competition. On 25 March Qantas also re-established daily services from Singapore (SIN) to Heathrow. Having been dumped in preference for stopover in Dubai in March 2013, the airline resumed the A380-operated sector, which will be flown in competition with Singapore Airlines (four times daily) and British Airways (double-daily).