Qantas launches first direct flights from London to Perth for £1,095 ahead of first service in March 2018

Rebecca Smith
Fancy a trip Down Under? You can without a stop-off now
Fancy a trip Down Under? You can without a stop-off now

Non-stop flights from London to Perth have gone on sale from just over £1,095 return for economy class.

Quantas has announced that tickets for the first non-stop flights between Europe and Australia have gone on sale. The flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9, which seats up to 236 passengers.

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The route will operate as London-Perth-Melbourne, and year round return economy fares for the London-Melbourne route start from £1,115 and £1,095 for the London-Perth route, though Qantas says these are expected to "drop below £900 return during deal periods".

Year-round return business fares for the London-Melbourne route start from £4,240 and the London-Perth route starts from £4,240.

When the new direct route was announced at the end of last year, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said:

When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route between London and Australia in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

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“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft," he added. "Travellers from Europe have never had a direct link Down Under before, so the opportunities this opens for them to explore Australia are huge."

Qantas has previously said its ambition of delivering non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London, could be achieved within five years now Airbus and Boeing offer aircraft that are capable.

"These aircraft, we think, are potentially real goers on these routes," Joyce told Reuters, discussing the A350-900ULR and the Boeing 777-8.

While the airline has yet to launch a formal tender process for the prestige order, as Boeing is yet to finalise the specifications on the 777-8, Joyce said the first flights will be possible in around 2022.

The route, which Joyce called "the most competitive on the globe", would shave off three hours of flight time and allow the airline to charge a premium, setting it apart from other airlines manning the route.

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