Getting to and from Australia from the UK is set to become quicker with tickets going on sale for a nonstop flight between the two countries as early as next month.
While there has been no official announcement from airline Qantas about when travellers can purchase tickets for the 17 hour flight from Perth to London, the travel press is reporting that they will be on sale in April.
There is no price brackets yet but the flights, due to start in March 2018, are likely to be popular as they will allow the journey to be done without stopping in Dubai as the flights from Sydney and Melbourne do at the moment.
Airline expert Ellis Taylor from Flightglobal has said that he believes that a return economy ticket could cost about AUS$2000 with the fuel surcharge making it hard to offer tickets at a lower price.
But there is also the chance that Qantas will announce some special introductory offers to entice passengers to book on the new route.
The flight will take about 17 hours to cover the 14,498 kilometre distance, making it one of the longest in the world and Qantas will use the new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on the route.
When the airline announced the non-stop service in December last year, Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce described it as a ‘game changing route’.
There is likely to be a lot of new services on the flights including high-tech cabin lighting, with a simulated sunrise to gently wake customers on morning flights, new self-service bars and redesigned seats with a foot net to provide extra support for tired limbs.
Qantas already has the longest haul route in the world from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth in the United States and currently operates two daily flights into London, one from Sydney and the other from Melbourne, both via Dubai.