Ever been on a 17 hour non-stop flight? Neither have we. In fact no one had been until Qantas Airways launched the very first 17 hour non-stop flight between Australia and the UK. With 200 passengers on board, flight QF9 took off on Saturday, March 24th, from Perth at 7pm (local time) and landed in London early Sunday morning. For this historically impressive flight, the airline used the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which covered a colossal 9,050-miles! That’s like The Proclaimers walking 500 miles 18 times!!
“This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
This daily new route means that anyone from Ireland or the UK heading Down Under won’t have to worry about spending hours in stopover cities like Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong!
So, a few facts about the flight itself. One question we’re all probably asking, how many cups of “tay” do you think 200 passengers would go through on a 17 hour flight? Well, we know how many peppermint tea bags they had. Can you guess? A whopping 330! That’s even more good news for us Irish…
A 17 hour flight is no easy feat, especially if you’re going to be going it in Economy (because let’s face it, not everyone is going to be able to afford a world of champagne refills and kick ass bed style seats). However, the airline has made some pretty impressive adjustments to keep discomfort levels at a minimum. The airline has said the plane comes with features that improve air quality and lower cabin noise. As well as this, the airline says the “homestyle comfort food” menus have been designed to maintain hydration, aid sleep and reduce jet lag. Oh yes!
For a glimpse of what Business Class would be like you can check out this video below, thanks to Business Traveller.
The overall reaction on social media seemed to be pretty positive, which is even more great news for everyone. We know where our next travel stop is.
So, are you planning on travelling Down Under soon? Maybe you are now after discovering this hassle free flight! If so then you should definitely check out our Working Holiday in Australia Packages! Explore our packages now and discover which best suits you.
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