Published on : Monday, March 26, 2018
The Qantas Flight QF9 has completed its 14,498km journey from Perth in just over 17 hours. This new nonstop flight service will boost the MICE industry of both the countries.
This new flight service is one of the ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.
The Australian flag carrier’s Chief Executive, Alan Joyce, has called the new service a “game-changing route”. This will increase the tourism revenue of both UK and Australia.
Speaking at an event ahead of the inaugural flight, he said the earliest Qantas flights between Australia and the UK – known as the “kangaroo route” – had taken four days and involved seven stops.
Now Western Australia’s state government is also hoping to see an enhancement in tourist numbers as a result of the new direct route. The historic flight, on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 18:49 local time on Saturday.