Qantas Stops Perth To London Flights

Daniel Fowkes
13 Apr 2024
· Routes 
Qantas has stopped nonstop Perth-to-London flights due to the conflict in Israel. It plans to redirect the Boeing 787-9 through Singapore.

Due to ongoing conflict, Qantas has announced plans to halt flights between Perth and London, the only nonstop connection between the U.K. and Australia.

A pause in flights comes as the airline attempts to avoid ongoing fears of an attack on Israel that would put concerns over the usage of Iranian airspace.

The aircraft must perform a stopover because of a necessary shift in the flight path, as the adjusted route would not be possible under the current aircraft limitations. Service cancellation nonstop between Perth and London as QF9 and the return leg as QF10 is expected to continue until 15 April.

Additionally, the airline says the new designated flight number will be QF209, with a brief stopover in Singapore. However, with the service also originating out of Melbourne, further times have been adjusted so that the flight arrives in London at the early 5 a.m. slot.

The route that previously operated nonstop will now fly through Singapore first before jetting onwards to London. Ultimately, the change removes a strong appeal for the route and puts it alongside other Qantas services that stop in Singapore. This accompanies the known Kangaroo route, which flies as the flagship QF1/2.

Factoring in the added travel time towards Singapore, the layover, and onward travel to London, the airline confirmed it’s communicating with customers whose travel will be impacted by the service adjustment.

However, the number one priority for the Australian flag carrier is the safety of those aboard the service, employees and more. As a result, if changes need to be made, which they have been to ensure stability, then this will be done.

Upon launching, Qantas’ nonstop Perth to London service was seen as an incredible feat for connectivity between Australia and the U.K., with the over 17-hour flight coming in as one of the longest in the world.

Usage Of The Boeing 787

Operating with the 787-9, Qantas has leveraged the Dreamliner’s capabilities for many years to its advantage in reaching markets further away without a single stop.

Until the arrival of the Airbus A350-1000s, Perth was viewed as the airline’s gateway to Europe, with services for Rome and Paris. However, the airline could access more markets with the Dreamliner if it had more readily available units.

Qantas’s Boeing 787s are configured with 236 seats: 42 in Business, 28 in Premium Economy, and 166 in Economy.

The airline prides itself on using this aircraft to ensure a smoother flight thanks to the reduction of turbulence and vibrations, which enhances customer comfort levels.

The Boeing 787s can be seen in South Africa, London Heathrow, Rome, and soon Paris, Santiago, Tokyo, as well as several key U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and more.

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