Qantas to use the latest Boeing 787-9 to fly between Perth and London
Australian travellers will soon be able to travel non-stop to Europe, after Qantas revealed plans to use the newest Boeing 787-9 to fly between Perth and London.
The 18-hour, 8,960-mile journey would now be more accessible using the latest 787-9 Dreamliner, while other long haul flight routes, such as Sydney and Chicago and Melbourne and Dallas routes are also considered by Qantas.
The route, which is now deemed as the world's longest scheduled commercial flight, eclipses the current record-holder, the 8,578-mile, 16-hour-and-55-minute journey from Dallas to Sydney, which is also handled by Qantas.
Qantas will buy eight of the planes, with the goal of gradually replacing its older Boeing 747s.
Assembled by Boeing, the 787-9 Dreamliner, which costs $345 million, can fly longer distances because they have greater fuel efficiency compared to standard 747s since it has lighter materials and superior aerodynamics.
According to Qantas the 787-9 Dreamliners have larger windows, improved cabin pressure and experience a reduction in turbulence.
“'The key reason we chose this particular aircraft is its incredible efficiency. Its new technology will reduce fuel burn, cut heavy maintenance requirements and open up new destinations around the globe,” Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO, told Mail Online Australia. “This milestone acquisition marks the scale of our turnaround and looks ahead to a new era for our iconic international airline.”