Qantas Set to Fly Non-stop Heathrow to Australia 

First regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia

December 12, 2016: Qantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from Heathrow to Perth using the fuel-efficient  Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia when it begins in March 2018.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making flight would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade. “When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route between London and Australia in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Travelers from Europe have never had a direct link down under before, so the opportunities this opens for them to explore Australia are huge.”

Mr. Joyce said passenger comfort on the 17-hour flight was a key consideration. “When we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of. That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. And we’re redesigning our on-board service to help reduce jetlag.”

The enhanced Qantas cabin design is in addition to the comfort factors that Boeing built in to the Dreamliner – improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.  Mr. Joyce said the direct route is expected to appeal to European travelers who want a non-stop link to Australia and will see Australian travelers from across the country hub through Perth to London, boosting tourism in both directions.

Seats on the London-Perth flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

Source: Heathrow Airport

Boeing, ANA Highlight 787-9 Dreamliner

IASA: Nachhaltige Luftfahrt - Sustainable Aviation

Capabilities in New Flight Demonstration Video

Everett, Wash., July 7, 2016: Boeing and ANA (All Nippon Airways) today released the 2016 787-9 Dreamliner Flight Demonstration video. The same ANA airplane is scheduled to perform demonstration flights July 11-13 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Capt. Randy Neville, Capt. Van Chaney and Capt. John Misuradze, Boeing test pilots, conducted the flight in Moses Lake, Wash. The video offers a preview of the planned air show technical demonstration, as well as additional maneuvers to showcase the airplane’s performance and capabilities. These include:

  • High-banking turns that show wing flex
  • Side-to-side movements to demonstrate roll authority and handling characteristics

ANA made history by becoming the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner and makes history again by becoming the first Japanese airline to take part in a demonstration flight at a major international airshow. The airplane is specially marked with decals prominently featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, two iconic symbols of Japan.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the 787 family of super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. The 787-9 flies more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental efficiency: 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Through June 2016, 571 orders have been placed for the 787-9 by 38 customers worldwide. This airplane, scheduled to deliver later this month, will become ANA’s 13th 787-9, and the 49th member of ANA’s 787 fleet. ANA is the largest operator of the 787 Dreamliner. For further information please visit: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787

Source: Boeing