For the very first time in history, passengers can now travel between Australia and London non-stop with the newly launched Qantas’ Melbourne-Perth-London service which went on sale on April 27, 2017.
Daily flights on the history-making route will begin on 24 March 2018 and form part of a new Melbourne-Perth-London return service operated by Qantas’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
At 14,498km and lasting approximately 17 hours, the Perth-London service will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world and the third longest passenger flight in the world.
The Perth-London flight will also be the longest flight on the Qantas network, followed by the airline's non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service at 13,730km.
Return Economy fares for the Melbourne-London and Perth-London routes start from $2,270 but are expected to drop below $2,000 during sale periods.
Return Premium Economy fares start from $4,450 between Melbourne and London and from $4,250 between Perth and London.
Business Class fares start from $9,890 return between Melbourne and London and from $9,725 between Perth and London.
The new QF9/10 will replace Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London services – marking the next evolution of the Kangaroo Route, seven decades after Qantas first flew to London.
The original Kangaroo route from Sydney to London started in 1947 and took four days with stopovers in Sydney, Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito, Rome, London.