The Kangaroo Route Revamped
(and what will it mean to you)
Qantas has just released ticket pricing for its forthcoming non-stop service between London (Heathrow) and Perth, starting on March 24, 2018.
The route will operate as London-Perth-Melbourne, and will take on the QF9/QF10 flight code currently used on Qantas’ daily A380 London-Dubai-Melbourne route, which will cease in March next year. The australian carrier also stated that the new route (and connection in Perth, rather than Dubai) "will reduce the total travel time by more than an hour compared with existing Qantas A380 service".
This new London-Perth-Melbourne route will be served by the newest Qantas B787 Dreamliner, featuring Economy, Premium Ecnomy and Business Class sections, with a total of 236 passengers - less than most other aircraft of its type in order to provide optimal comfort and space for every passenger.
Qantas 787 Business Suite is the next generation of the very popular seat already installed on Qantas’ Airbus A330 fleet. Economy seat passengers will also have more legroom – including an extra inch of seat pitch compared with the carrier’s A380 – and will feature a new personal device holder and USB ports, more storage areas, a seat-back mood light designed to minimise disturbance for other passengers and a high-definition entertainment touchscreen that will be 5% larger. Finally, the revolutionay Qantas Premium Economy seat, designed by David Caon, will features an innovative design that cardles passengers throughout their journey, also including ergonomic pillows and added seat recline (9"). Impressive!
Flight Times and Princing
Flight times for the new route are as follows:
- QF9 departs Melbourne at 3.20 pm, arriving into Perth at 5.20 pm, then departs Perth at 6.50 pm and lands into Heathrow at 5.10 am, the following day;
- QF10 departs Heathrow at 1.30 pm, arriving into Perth at 1.15 pm the following day, then departs Perth at 2.45 pm and arrives into Melbourne at 8.10 pm.
Qantas says that economy fares are expected to drop below $1160 USD return during deal periods.
The new non-stop service will be just under 14,500km in length, making it the world’s third longest commercial passenger flight and will also be the world’s longest Dreamliner flight.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said that “The Kangaroo Route has kept changing with new technology. It used to take four days and seven stops but now we’re able to link Australia and UK in a single hop. (...) We’re conscious that this is a long flight, but not much longer than our Sydney to Dallas service. It’s the kind of route that the Dreamliner was created for, because of its built-in features to reduce jetlag and improve the overall travel experience.
“We’ve added a very high level of comfort in each of the cabins and a lower seat count than most of our competitors. And we’re making tweaks to our in-flight service designed to help customers enjoy the journey more.”
Mr. Joyce also stressed that its partnership with Emirates on flights via Dubai “would continue to deliver an unrivalled offer to Europe with more options for passengers to choose from in both directions”.
What This Means For Passangers
Other than connecting Europe and Australia non-stop, this new route shows a slight reduction of capacity by Qantas, and reflects the fact that demand’s a little lower on the current London-Melbourne route in both directions, while Emirates is already timing the up-gauging of a current B777 to a third A380 service out of Melbourne.
QF9/10 will operate through existing domestic terminals in Perth, which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights, including a dedicated customs facility and international transfer lounge area.
However, time will tell if this is a good move by Qantas. In fact, many people flying to or from Melbourne would prefer Emirates’ more comfortable one-stop A380 flights to several UK cities (not just London) for instance to Qantas’ more expensive one-stop B787 to LHR.
And what about other European destinations?! This new route - while reducing flight time to Europe - will add another connection and backtracking in London, which is not appealing at all for most passengers. However, the improved levels of comfort might be a selling point for Qantas.
The Kangaroo Route is finally revamped with this new and exciting London-Perth-Melbourne service by Qantas. The question is, will you prefer to save time and pay a premium fare or to keep the 1-stop connection in Dubai with emirates services?!
At Travel Consulting Hub, we believe the new route will slowly build up and will re-shape the Europe-Australia air travel planning.
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