UK holidaymakers keen to make a quick dash for the Antipodean sun and escape the cold of back home could soon be able to do just that without even having to stop for fuel.
Rumours that Qantas are making plans for a new direct flight from London to Perth have begun to intensify after it was revealed that the airline has put in an order for a shiny new fleet of the 787-9 Dreamliners to replace the old Boeing 747s.
The upheaval involved in the journey that travellers currently have to make in order to see the sights Down Under can be a worry, especially for those making the trip with young children – a 21-hour travel time incorporating a stop-off to refuel is certainly a long time.
But if it goes ahead as suspected, this new direct flight would dramatically cut the length of time spent onboard to just 18 hours.
These state-of-the-art 787-9 crafts are 20% more fuel-efficient than the older 747, allowing them to travel for a longer stretch without having to top up the tanks. Not only does it make travelling much more comfortable for passengers, but it is also kinder to the environment, reducing that all-important carbon footprint.
A Qantas spokesperson commented: “We are yet to announce which cities we’ll be flying the Dreamliner to. What we have said though however, the range of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner does allow flights like Sydney-Chicago, Melbourne-Dallas or Perth-London to be possible.”
Though this new London-Perth flight is not yet confirmed, it is thought that Qantas will begin operating the route from as early as 2017.