There are rumors that British Airways is training pilots for a nonstop London Heathrow to Melbourne route.
One of the main indicators of this rumor is British Airways recently purchased a on-board airport navigation system (OANS) of Melbourne Airport for the A350-1000
This is how BA pilots figured out the A350-1000 would operate flights to Austin and Boston before they were loaded, which are set to begin soon.
According to BA pilots, Melbourne Airport (MEL) is now listed as a destination in the on-board airport navigation system. According to GodSaveThePoints, every destination listed in the on-board airport navigation system is a current or future A350-1000 destination.
Additionally, @SeanM1997, a person who covers a bunch of stuff in European/United Kingdom aviation, has also picked up on the rumor.
I believe British Airways last served Melbourne in 2006 with some sort of fifth-freedom flight. (Singapore?)
If British Airways plans to launch London Heathrow to Melbourne, that would be the world’s longest flight at 10,503 miles (16,902 km) surpassing Singapore Airlines’ Singapore to Newark flight which currently holds title as the world’s longest flight.
LHR-MEL is about 1,000 miles longer than SIN-EWR.
If British Airways plans to launch this direct flight, they would likely need to use some sort of modified configuration in order to reach the necessary range for the flight.
Of course, they could do some fifth-freedom flight to Melbourne with the A350-1000 instead…
British Airways currently flies into Sydney, Australia, using a London Heathrow to Singapore to Sydney routing with the 777-300ER.
What are your thoughts? Do you think BA will beat Qantas’ Project Sunrise plans for nonstop Melbourne to London?