Qantas New Kangaroo Route

Qantas has just announced fares for the new non-stop Kangaroo Route from Perth to London which begins in March, 2018.

Daily flights on the history-making route begin on 24 March 2018 and form part of a new Melbourne-Perth-London return service. The services will be operated by Qantas’ new Boeing 787-Dreamliner – an aircraft designed specifically for comfort on long-haul sectors.

The new QF9/10 will replace Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London services – marking the next evolution of the Kangaroo Route, seven decades after the national carrier first flew Australians all the way to London.

The travel experience for customers connecting in Perth will be seamless, with Qantas building a new international transit lounge at Perth Airport. People joining the flight to London from other parts of Australia (including regional Western Australia and Adelaide) will find it a smooth transition with international and domestic flights arriving and departing from the same terminal, complete with dedicated customs and immigration.

By swapping its daily A380 Melbourne-Dubai-London service for a daily 787-9 Melbourne-Perth-London service, Qantas has made Victoria the hub for its first four Dreamliners. Qantas’ first two 787s will be dedicated to the Melbourne-Los Angeles route from December 2017, with the third and fourth aircraft dedicated to Melbourne-Perth-London service from March 2018.

With a faster flying time and quicker connections in Perth, customers travelling to London from Melbourne will reduce their total travel time by more than an hour compared with existing Qantas A380 services.

FAST FACTS – PERTH TO LONDON

  • Qantas’ Perth-London service will operate through Qantas’ existing Perth domestic terminals (T3/4), which are being upgraded with new facilities and lounges to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to T3/4
  • The 14,498km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds).
  • When it launches, it’s expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the world.
  • It will be the longest flight on the Qantas network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km).
  • It will also be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.
  • The first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to Qantas’ list of flying firsts, including:
    • First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707.
    • First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400.
    • First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014.
  • The original Kangaroo route (from Sydney to London) started in 1947 and had the following stopovers over four day duration: Sydney, Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito, Rome, London.

 

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