Just this weekend Quantas set a new milestone by starting the first regular passenger service nonstop flight between Australia and Europe. The route is Perth-London and the time is a little over 17 hours for the 9,000 mile trip. While it is only ranked the seventh longest flight in the world it is the first in a series of upcoming long haul flights which are set to innovate the travel market in 2018.
Before the Quantas flight the options from getting between Europe and Australia were to transit via the Middle East or East Asia. Now a good night’s sleep is all that sits between the two destinations. While the Auckland-Doha flight of Qatar is the longest reigning regular flight at the moment at 17:50hrs, the rest of the year will soon produce a new challengers to the rankings.
The Proposed Singapore New York flight from Singapore Airlines is expected to begin in 2018 and it is estimated to be a 19hrs flight. Singapore Airlines is also going to launch a 15hrs flight from Singapore to Los Angeles too later in the year.
Quantas is looking at a long term project of rolling out these long range non stop flights because Australia is often so far from many of the major destinations from which tourists come and go both ways. The key will be maintaining a near full participation of business class passengers they say which will cover the large share of the costs associated with providing such a luxury.