Qantas Could Launch Non-Stop Sydney To London Flight By The End Of The Year
People were pretty excited last year when Qantas announced it would ferry passengers from Perth to London non-stop.
It was a big breakthrough in global travel, allowing people to get to their destination without having a sometimes annoying stopover in a country they don't want to be in.
But it looks like Qantas isn't over with taking people from Australia to the UK without a break.
Boss Alan Joyce has revealed the airline plans to be able to do a non-stop flight from Sydney to London by the end of the year.
Speaking at an Amazon function, Mr Joyce said when the Perth to London leg was completed, he confronted manufacturers about building an aircraft or creating technology that would allow it to fly for 21 hours.
See, this is the only downside to a non-stop flight, at least you get to stretch you legs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or wherever your airline stops off at.
Imagine sitting in an Economy class seat for nearly a day. Just picture the scenes if you're next to a crying baby or someone with body odour.
But when Mr Joyce asked for a new way to fly, he was met with support.
"The reaction of businesses was huge - Airbus said it was a bit like the space race, the race to the moon; that's how they're treating it in their organisation," he said, via Sky News.
"We now believe there's an aircraft capable of doing that.
"We think it's a unique idea for Qantas, we think we can do something really special with it, and we think it will revolutionise aircraft transportation."
He's previously said that the two types of planes that could be targeted for such a flight would be the Airbus 350 and the Boeing 777.
But making a flight last that long wouldn't only be an issue for passengers, the airline would also have to look at employee safety.
Mr Joyce has previously said: "How do we make sure that people are healthy on 21-hour flights? How do we give people more things to do on those aircraft?"
"We have [to make] changes to pilot contracts, because you can't fly for 21 hours in a day. We have [to make] changes with the regulator.
"We think we will have all of that lined up, hopefully, this year, so we can pick the model for that aircraft."
You'd better hope there's more than just the latest movies and TV shows on offer to keep people happy otherwise you're going to have a lot of unhappy travellers.
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