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Gasps of excitement followed by tuts of disappointment could be heard from Sydney to London last month when Qantas revealed they were finally putting on non-stop flights between Australia and the UK – then reminded everyone the route was to and from Perth.
The 18-hour service will become the world’s longest non-stop Boeing 787 flight, and is initially priced from $2270 for a return economy fare.
“It used to take four days and seven stops but now we’re able to link Australia and UK in a single hop,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “It’s a level of convenience Australians have never had before.”
While this is great news for time-pressed businessmen and ex-pats still raking it in from the mining boom, it’s pretty much as you were for the rest of us, who will continue to enjoy our annual ladyboy-based break in Bangkok for a stopover.