Qantas to launch Sydney-London non-stop

Chief executive calls the route “last frontier in global aviation”
Qantas says it is “investigating” the opportunity to launch non-stop flights between Australia’s east coast and both London and New York by 2022.
The Australian carrier is urging manufacturers to deliver aircraft capable of flying the distance, which would take travellers from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to the UK and US capitals without a stopover.
Speaking to media after the airline published its full-year financial results, chief executive Alan Joyce called the routes “a last frontier in global aviation”.
In a statement he added: “From next year we’ll be flying direct from Perth to London, which is a huge leap forward. We believe advances in technology in the next few years will make Sydney to London direct a possibility and Qantas is well placed to be the airline to do it.
“Any aircraft purchase would have to meet strict financial thresholds, but these direct flights would be revolutionary for air travel in Australia.”
Qantas’s plans came after it posted the second highest profit in its 97-year history, with a pre-tax profit of AUS$1.18 billion (€786 million) for the year to the end of June. Its highest ever profit was delivered the previous year.
Qantas says the profits are the result of cost cutting and robust domestic business, which have helped offset global competition. It also announced that its 12 Airbus A380s would be receiving a “significant upgrade”. Further investment will see Qantas replacing its Skybeds in business class with the latest version of its Business Suite seats from the second quarter of 2019.
Reuters / TTG

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