Surprise: Qantas’ London-Perth flight is a success

Qantas has just celebrated the first anniversary of its live Perth-London route and the figures show that it is a winning bet.

To be honest we didn’t believe in this Perth-London flight. 17 hours in a plane is long, even in business class, so in economy it’s enough to make you go crazy. And yet the gamble seems to have paid offand Qantas is pleased with the line’s performance.

Operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 42 passengers in Business Class, 28 in Premium and 166 in Economy, the route has in fact :

– Achieved a load factor of 94%.

– Set a speed record in 15:15 minutes.

– Transported 150,000 people.

– Travelled 10.2 million km.

– Increased the number of international passengers in Perth, with 71% deciding to make a stopover there (after 17h who wants to take a connecting flight?) and generated 1.1M overnight stays on site.

– Increased the number of foreigners travelling to Australia via Perth by 30%.

But for the moment, the longest route in the world remains Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Newark route, operated with an A350-900 ULR.

Photo : 787 Qantas by christopheronglv via Shutterstock

Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrin
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.

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