Qantas unveils Dreamliner that will carry Australians over to London with direct 17 hour flights.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on October 18, 2017

Perth to London in under 20 hours.

That will be a reality for flyers come March 24, with Qantas announcing yesterday it will introduce direct flights with its new Dreamliner 787-9.

Better yet, the journey will last just 17 hours. No stopovers and a time save of at least four hours.

Unveiled at a ceremony in Seattle yesterday, the cutting-edge Boeings (which will also fly directly between Melbourne and Los Angeles six days a week) feature reduced cabin pressure, increased air ­humidity and ambient lighting, as well as changes to service to help reduce jet lag.

The 236 passengers on board will enjoy unprecedented space and storage, with the airline ditching first class for 42 business class seats, 28 premium economy, and 166 economy.

“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft,” said Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, when he first announced the route. “Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.”

This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft

“There are lots of elements that combine to make the Qantas Dreamliner special… The seats, the lighting, the entertainment, personal storage, right through to the special crockery, cutlery and glassware that weighs on average 11% less.

“We’re working with sleep specialists, dieticians and other scientists at the University of Sydney to see how adjustments to our in flight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust to new time zones.”

The new aircraft also uses 20% less fuel and produces lower carbon and nitrogen oxide emissions than other planes of a similar size.

Mr Joyce has also challenged Boeing and Airbus to make passenger planes to fly direct from Sydney to London or New York by the early 2020s, saying it is “the last frontier in global aviation”.

The first airline of the fleet has been coined Great Southern Land after the travelling public had its say. All the others are also to be named after something uniquely Australian.

Qantas’ non-stop flights from Perth to London officially go on sale at 11.30am on Thursday, allowing passengers to purchase tickets for the airline’s first commercial non-stop services from Australia to the UK.

Fares will start from $2270 for a return economy fare, $4250 for premium economy and $9725 for business class, though Qantas said sale fares would likely be less than $2000.