Qantas plans to fly direct from Australia’s east coast to London and New York by 2022
In its latest financial report, Qantas announced is has challenged Airbus and Boeing to give their next-generation aircraft (Airbus’ A350ULR and Boeing’s 777X) the capability to make these non-stop flights possible with a full passenger load.
A direct flight from Sydney to London would cut total journey time by up to four hours, and almost three hours on the Melbourne-New York route.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the flights would be “revolutionary” for air travel.
“From next year we’ll be flying direct from Perth to London, which is a huge leap forward,” he said.
“We believe advances in technology in the next few years will make Sydney to London direct a possibility and Qantas is well placed to be the airline to do it.
“Any aircraft purchase would have to meet strict financial thresholds, but these direct flights would be revolutionary for air travel in Australia.”