Since last year, Qantas have been non-stop promoting that they will be getting the 787-9 aircraft. Many would say they have way over hyped it and I agree.
Last December Qantas put their MEL-LAX service on sale, this is the first route for the aircraft. The airline also said that they would launch non-stop services from Perth – London.
Well, they’ve just announced that they will commence non-stop services from Perth to London from March 24th 2018.
The flight will be between 16 and 18 hours making it one of the longest flights in the world. The flight will depart from Perth at 6:50 pm local time and arrive into London’s Heathrow airport at 5:10 am the following day.
Qantas’s 787-9 consists of 236 seats. The aircraft is split into 3 cabins, Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class. The aircraft will feature 42 Business Class suites with a configuration of 1-2-1. These are almost identical to the ones currently on the A330 fleet. The only major difference is there will be a privacy divider, the colours are different and they will apparently have mood lighting. The suites are Vantage XL’s and are made by Thompson Aero.
The new plane will also feature 28 of Qantas’s new Premium Economy seats. The new seats will be in a 2-3-2 configuration and feature a custom built in pillow, 5 storage compartments, USB and In-seat power and a 13-inch IFE screen. The new seats are a custom model by Thompson Aero.
And lastly, the 787-9 will feature 166 Economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. The new seat feature 32” of pitch, 6” of recline, a 12-inch IFE screen and In-seat, tablet holder and USB power outlets. The seats are called the ‘Slimline Recaro’ and the company who made them are Recaro
Flights are set to go on sale in the next hour, the prices are set to be quite high and I can already imagine the award availability with be non-existent.
Would you take the non-stop flight or prefer stopping over in Dubai which Qanats currently do?
H/T – AirlineRatings