Qantas’ first Perth to London service is now complete, with the Boeing 787-9 having completed a day and a half of flying on its milestone adventure to the UK and back. The inaugural flight began on Saturday 24-Mar-2018, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of travelling between the two continents.
The history-making QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who was one of the passengers on the flight, described it as a major milestone for Australia as well as global aviation. “This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link,” said Mr Joyce. “The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.”
QF10 has left London's Heathrow Airport on its way non-stop to Australia ✈️ pic.twitter.com/8tBZ78kSzc
— Qantas (@Qantas) March 25, 2018
Qantas’ history making landing at London Heathrow
Perth-London already showing interest from Melbourne corporate travellers
Qantas International CEO Ali Webster told Reuters, the new route is already attracting corporate travellers from the resources sector in Melbourne. Ms Webster said the new route “works very well for business travellers who can stop in Perth on their way from the east coast for meetings before carrying on to London”.
Qantas’ new wellness based Perth Airport lounge
Qantas also unveiled its new Perth International Transit Lounge, to coincide with the launch of the new service. The lounge has been designed by Australian Industrial designer David Caon and SUMU design, in consultation with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre using an evidence based approach to wellness. It features seating for 141 customers, multiple USB and charging ports, wireless printing, WiFi and TV screens, 15 shower suites and service by Sofitel. Menus in the lounge have been designed by Neil Perry from Rockpool restaurant and the lounge features a hot and cold buffet, an prepared food outdoor BBQ, a full service bar, hydration station and barista prepared coffee. The lounge incorporates a number of novel wellness features, including ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust body clocks, a studio offering stretching and breathing classes, a refresh area and an outdoor open-air terrace. The Perth International Transit Lounge is located in the new T3/T4 integrated domestic and international passenger hub at Perth Airport. The international wing features a streamlined immigration and customs area, a large outdoor deck with alfresco seating, food and beverage outlets and a duty free store.