The new route to London will be the first time Australians will have the choice of flying direct between Australia and Europe. The 17-hour flight will become the third-longest scheduled passenger flight in the world.
The airline will use its incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and will operate from the airport’s domestic terminal. The WA Government will provide AU$14 million which will be used to construct a quarantine and border control for the passengers arriving into the country.
Qantas wanted the non-stop service to operate out of a domestic terminal, rather than the new international terminal, to make it easier for passengers with connecting flights.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the new route was “amazing news” for Perth and Australia and was a “watershed for travel, tourism and trade”.”This is a ground-breaking aircraft, on a ground-breaking route for Qantas”.”Our customers, from Perth, are going to have a service that saves you three hours getting to London and from the UK getting here”.”From Melbourne and Sydney and all other destinations in Australia, it will save you an hour going through Perth compared to Dubai or Singapore or other destinations.”
No date is set yet but the flights are expected to begin in March 2018.