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The new flight is not only the airline’s longest to date, clocking in at 9,010 miles and over 17 hours, but it is also the first regularly scheduled commercial flight linking Australia and Europe non-stop.
The schedule is as follows: Qantas flight QF 9 departs Perth at 6:45pm and arrives at London Heathrow at 5:05am the following morning. Qantas flight QF 10 departs London Heathrow at 1:15pm and arrives back in Perth the next day at 1:00pm. The outbound journey is scheduled at 17 hours, 20 minutes, while the return is 16 hours, 45 minutes.
To fly that distance, Qantas ordered eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, and has been taking delivery of these special aircraft since October. It now has enough to begin operating this new route daily, in additional to flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles. The airline will eventually put the jet into service on routes from Melbourne to San Francisco, Brisbane to Los Angeles and as a connecting flight from Los Angeles to New York JFK.
Qantas’s 787-9s include 236 seats total in three classes. Business class comprises two cabins at the front of the jet with 42 seats total. They are laid out in a staggered 1 – 2 – 1 configuration so that every passenger has direct-aisle access. Customized by the airline’s in-house industrial designers, David Caon and Marc Newson, each seat is up to 24 inches wide, has 46 inches of pitch and reclines to an 80-inch fully flat bed. They have 16-inch touchscreen entertainment systems and individual AC and USB power ports.