Haemosexual Australia: Historic Day for QANTAS
24/25th March 2018
The first non-stop service from Australia to Europe
Melbourne – Perth – London Heathrow – Perth – Melbourne
QF009 Departs Melbourne 16.20 to Perth & 18.50 for London arriving 05.10+1
QF010 Departs London 13.15 to Perth arriving 13.00+1 and Melbourne 2055+1
The launch of Perth – London Heathrow will be the first time that there is a regular direct non-stop air service between Australia and Europe. Perth-London Heahrow at 7828 nautical miles will be the longest flight operated by a 787 family aircraft and will also be the current longest flight in the Qantas network
It’s an historic day for aviation with the first direct flight from Australia to Europe set to depart from Perth in just under an hour. The inaugural Qantas 787 Dreamliner flight will fly nonstop from Perth to London, a 17 hour trip.
Over the years we have seen aircraft capabilities improve.
In 1965 the journey took 27 hours and 5 stops.
In 1989 the journey time was reduced to 22 hours and 1 stop.
In recent years we have seen the one stop flight reduced to about 19-20 hours.
From 2016 to present day the livery carrying the Flying Kangaroo
The original Kangaroo Route (Sydney – London Heathrow) began in 1947 and took 55 hours with 8 stops.
In 2018 people can spot the beautiful livery of the “Rainbow Roo” aircraft in support of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Further historic pictures can be seen at the QANTAS Gallery:
The Qantas Story
The Qantas story is inextricably linked with the development of civil aviation in Australia. It begins with fragile biplanes carrying one or two passengers in open cockpits and progresses to the new Airbus A380s flying some 450 people half way around the world in a day.
For information on QANTAS flights to/from Australia click on the picture below