Qantas, the flagship carrier airline of Australia, is set to receive eight new-age Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which may be phased-in between 2018 and 2019. With the arrival of the planes, Qantas plans to offer the world’s longest flight between London and Perth, which would rival the World’s current longest flight-Emirates’ Dubai to Auckland route taking 17 hours and 15 minutes.
An approval of the London-Perth route would also put Qantas back on top, having held the top spot for longest flight with their Dallas-Sydney route, before being edged by Emirates. Though the Australian flag carrier will have to act quickly as other airlines are also planning on claiming the title of World’s longest flight.
According to website Travel and Leisure, Qatar Airways will be offering a direct flight from Dubai to Chile, which would roughly take 18 hours and 30 minutes. Emirates, on the other hand, wants to maintain the title and will be offering flights from Dubai to Panama City, a route that will take 17 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Singapore Airlines is also joining the fray announcing that they are planning on offering a direct flight between Singapore and New York, a trip that would take almost 19 hours.
Details of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner are already available in the Qantas website, which describes the aircraft as having “unique features, with its larger windows, improved cabin pressure and Smoother Ride Technology to help reduce turbulence.” The fleet of Boeing 787-9s will also feature General Electric (GE) GEnx engines which will offer better performance, lower maintenance costs, fuel efficiency and less carbon emissions, among others.
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With the arrival of the Boeing fleet, Qantas is also planning to defer their deliveries of eight Airbus A380s. “We are continuing to push them out,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, at the CAPA aviation conference in Brisbane.
While Qantas plans to offer the World’s Longest Flight, the airline company will also open a new flagship lounge at London’s Heathrow International Airport, next year.
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