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The Perth-to-London route will be the first-ever regular passenger service connecting Australia to Europe. Daily flights will begin on 24 March 2018 and are available for booking.
Going the long haul
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At a distance of 14,498 kilometres and a flying time of about 17 hours, the route will be the longest on the Qantas network – but if you’ve done the 13,730-kilometre Sydney-to-Dallas flight, you’ve almost gone the distance. Looking for tips on how to spend the time? Check out our guide.
The new experience starts at the airport
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There are plans for a new Qantas international lounge at Perth Airport, which will have shower suites, an outdoor patio, a grill and a Neil Perry-designed Australian barbecue menu. Preparatory work has begun and it’s scheduled to be completed by March 2018.
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The flight will be serviced by the 787-9 Dreamliner, one of the most energy-efficient commercial aircraft ever made. The frame comprises almost 50 per cent carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and other composites, which equates to an average weight saving of 20 per cent compared with its aluminium counterparts. Lower weight means less fuel; the Dreamliner is said to use up to 20 per cent less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size. And its engines reduce nitrous oxide emissions by up to 40 per cent.
The famously distinctive wingspan
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The aircraft’s lighter composite materials also contribute to its distinctive wingspan: a bird-like arch in flight (Image: Boeing).
And really cool windows
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The most noticeable and unique features include the passenger window size and dimming technology. The looking glass is 65 per cent larger than those in comparable aircraft. Instead of a pull-down shade, the amount of incoming light is controlled by an electrified gel sandwiched between the glass – passengers darken and lighten their window with the push of a button!
Smoother ride technology
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The Dreamliner features smart sensors that detect turbulence and adjust control surfaces, which is said to dampen movement and reduce motion sickness for passengers.
The seating and self-service bars
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The aircraft will seat 236 passengers in a three-class cabin – “a lower seat count than most of our competitors”, says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. And there will be two self-service bars – one for Business and one in Economy – where passengers will be able to help themselves to a tipple or a bite to eat, stretch their legs and chat.
The Economy experience
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There will be 166 seats in Economy in a 3-3-3 configuration. The 32-inch seat pitch will offer an extra inch compared with the Qantas A380. The seats will feature a new design, including more storage areas, seatback mood lights, high-definition entertainment touchscreens and an updated version of the popular leg-cradling “footnet” that was first introduced on the Qantas A380. There will be individual USB and shared laptop charging points.
The Premium Economy experience
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Premium Economy will be in a separate cabin of 28 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. The seats are nearly 10 per cent wider than Qantas’s existing Premium Economy seats and can be reclined further.
The Business Suites
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The 42 Business Suites will be in a separate cabin in a 1-2-1 configuration. Their design is an evolution of the popular seat recently installed on Qantas’s Airbus A330 fleet. They feature fully flat 80-inch beds, with the ability to stay fully reclined during take-off and landing.
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The route will position Perth and Western Australia as Australia’s tourism gateway – and a very worthy one at that. Start planning your visit with our guide to the best of where to stay, shop, eat and play in Perth and beyond.
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We’ve also got a handle on the best brunches, bars – and everything in between – in the UK’s capital.
Up Next: A Perth Beach Guide, from Cottesloe to Fremantle and Beyond
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With its spectacular coastline, Perth and its surrounds can provide the perfect beach for every mood – though it can be hard to know which one to choose. To help you out, we’ve selected 10 of the finest.