Qantas has just announced the worlds longest passenger flight. Starting March 2018 they will be operating the first ever non-stop flight from Perth, Australia to London, United Kingdom.
The flight will last about 17 hours, and cover a distance of 14.499 KM or about 7,829 NM.
This flight will be marginally longer than the current longest flight in the world, which is operated by Emirates with an Airbus A380 between Dubai and Auckland, which is 7700 NM.
However, by the time Qantas is launching this route, it will be the 2nd longest in the world, as Qatar Airways will have launched their service between Doha, Qatar and Auckland, New Zealand by then, which is 7,848 NM, beating Qantas new flight by only 19 NM.
Overall a lot of long flights, and I am not sure how keen I would be on spending 17+ hours in economy class on either of those routes. But it does seem like a comfortable fitting for Qantas, on their Boeing 787-9 aircraft that will operate this route they will have 236 seats, of which 42 are in Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 166 in Economy.
And this is exactly the kind of routes the Boeing 787-9 was built for, with their huge range but a more limited amount of passengers, compared to the 500+ seats Airbus A380.
The seats they offer in Business Class is the Vangage XL seats, which are the same as Scandinavian Airlines operates. I have not have had the chance to try those seats myself yet, but they do look quite comfortable, and I would be happy to try them one at least between Perth and London…
Overall a quite interesting choice of route, I do personally think that they will struggle to fill it up, as it is probably going to be quite expensive tickets, and a quite limited market. With Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all offering one-stop connection from all major European cities onto Perth, this route primarily targets only passengers travelling between those two cities, and not connecting passenger from the rest of Europe. At least myself would rather have a stop half-way through the flight in the Middle East than having a one-hour European flight followed by a 17 hour flight to Oz.