In less than 24 hours Qantas pilot Lisa Norman will make history when she captains the first direct trip from Australia to Britain. Qantas flight 9 will commence its first non-stop commercial passenger flight between Perth and London Heathrow, taking just 17 hours!!
When Australia’s national carrier started flying the Kangaroo Route in 1947, passengers needed two things:
Stamina – the flight took four days including six refuelling stops, two overnight stays and a total of 55 hours in the air.
And wealth: In 1947 a return ticket would have cost you £585
(equivalent to £21,000 in 2018)
Now Qantas will fly 236 passengers 9,008 miles between London Heathrow and Perth non stop
Today an average return ticket costs £793.
But although this is the longest flight belonging to Qantas – and the longest served by a Dreamliner – it is not the longest flight in the world.
At 9,008 miles, the London to Perth route will take second place, behind Qatar’s Doha to Auckland service (9,028 miles and operated using a Boeing 777).
The worlds Top 10 longest flights:
Doha-Auckland, Qatar Airways, 9,028 miles
London-Perth, Qantas, 9,008 miles
Dubai-Auckland, Emirates, 8,824 miles
Sydney-Dallas, Qantas, 8,578 miles
Atlanta-Johannesburg, Delta, 8,439 miles
San Francisco-Singapore, United & Singapore Airlines, 8,446 miles
Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles, Etihad, 8,390 miles
Dubai-Los Angeles, Emirates, 8,339 miles
Jeddah-Los Angeles, Saudia, 8,332 miles
Doha-Los Angeles, Qatar Airways, 7,202 miles