First direct flight from Australia to London touches down

First direct flight from Australia to London touches down

Fresh from launching the first-ever direct passenger service to Europe - linking Perth with London's Heathrow hub - Qantas will turn its attention to the USA with the next batch of four 787s due for delivery this year, Chief Executive Office Alan Joyce said in an interview yesterday. The Age did not attend the event but was later leaked an audio recording of Joyce's comments. Do you have berths like on a train? Yesterday, CEO Alan Joyce sent the industry into a spin with his comments at the Aviation Club in London about what's next for the carrier. (Super plane or super pain, we wonder?) The Boeing 777-8X and the Airbus A350-900 are being considered for the job. You know the cargo hold, that mysterious part of the plane that we don't usually see?

Nothing is off the table, Joyce said.

'Could some of the freight areas that we may not use, be used as an exercise area?' Mr Joyce said.

The Qantas chief executive revealed that no major airline made money from first class which he said was typically patronised by "chairmans and CEOs". That last frontier is getting from the east coast of Australia to London.

The new United States routes will be introduced before Qantas considers adding more direct European services, which will require both sustained high bookings on the 17-hour Perth flight and a positive trend in the global economy.

He said the financial crisis had contributed to a boom in the number of passengers taking up premium economy, because businesses had cut back on their staff flying business. "For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link", he said.

On the morning of March 25th, the first scheduled nonstop flight from Perth to London. The airline is considering adding a new class in the cargo area.

Flight QF9, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with over 200 passengers and 16 crew onboard, took off from Perth in Western Australia just before 19:00 (7pm) on Saturday evening and landed 17 hours and 3 minutes later in London at 05:03 local time Sunday morning.

In an attempt to alleviate the effects of 17-hour+ flight time, Qantas has teamed up with the University of Sydney and renowned restaurateur Neil Perry to create a menu that aims to help the body cope better with jetlag.

"We've always believed a destination in Germany would work - Berlin or Frankfurt - and we still have that view", he said.

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