Qantas Airlines may break the record for longest non-stop flight in the world next year, when launches a 17-hour flight from Perth to London. Arriving in March 2018, the Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner will feature larger windows, self-service bars, and hammocks for your feet on the 9,000-mile ride.
Although 17 hours sounds arduous, it’s a vast improvement from previous options; way back in 1947, your only option was to take a four-day journey, stopping through nine cities. Even now, with no current nonstop flights into Europe, Australians have to make stopovers in numerous cities such as Dubai or Singapore. The total travel time, including these stopovers, often exceeds 20 hours.
The upcoming flight route will no doubt be welcomed by many travelers. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce stated, “This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.” [Newser]