Qantas has started selling tickets for the first ever Australia-London direct flight. The Perth-London flight will take off on March 24, 2018, operated by the all new 787-9 Dreamliner. However not as all it seemed with the flight instead commencing from Melbourne instead of Perth. QF9 will take off from Melbourne at 3:20 pm, arriving into Perth at 5:20 pm, a 90-minute layover in the Western Australian capital, taking off from Perth at 6:50 pm and arriving into London Heathrow at 5:10 am the following day. QF10 will be the return leg which will see takeoff from Heathrow at 1:30 pm, arriving into Perth 1:15 pm the next day, then departing for Melbourne 2:15 pm and touching down into the Victorian capital at 8:10 pm. The Perth-London route will be 14,498km and take about 17 hours, it will clock in at longer than the Sydney to Dalles flight and all other Qantas flights in that matter.
However, not all is good in Melbourne at least with Qantas to axe it’s current Melbourne-Dubai-London flight operated by an A380 aircraft with Qantas wanting to get maximum passengers on the Melbourne to Perth leg of QF9. Prices will come at a premium though, Qantas doesn’t want people who are not going further then Perth to be on QF9, so you’ll be stuck with an A330 if you don’t wanna fork out a fortune
Personally, as a Sydneysider I’d rather be on QF1 all the way to London instead of going on a 737 to Melbourne and then stopping via Perth, for anyone other than Sydney and Canberra residents, QF9 would probably be a no-brainer if you where going to the U.K
I was having a look earlier at the QF9 prices compared to others, here it is on the inaugural flight:
As you can see you would have to fork up an extra $1100 for shaving off only just over 3 of flight time, not sure about you but I wouldn’t call that a “deal”.
Got a spare $2535 to sit on a plane for 17 hours in cattle class? Are the team at @QantasVirtualGroup gonna be on the inaugural flight? So many questions, but I think no (I could be wrong) will be the answer to both
The 787-9, the aircraft that will be operating the Melbourne-Perth-London route image full credit