Qantas is set to receive its first delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliners next year and the airline has big plans for its new planes.
At an aviation conference in Brisbane last week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that the airline is considering using its new planes on longhaul flights that could rival the world’s longest. Some of the massive routes that Joyce mentioned include Melbourne to Dallas, Sydney to Chicago and Brisbane to other U.S. cities.
The longest flight that Qantas is considering is nonstop service from London to Perth. The 8,891-mile cross-continental flight would rival Emirates’ record-holding service from Auckland to Dubai.
The race to win the title of “World’s Longest Flight” has jockeyed back and forth between several airlines in recent years. Up until March, Qantas held the record for its 16-hour, 50-minute flight from Dallas Fort-Worth to Sydney. Then Emirates came in and took the title with a 17-hour, 15-minute flight from Auckland to Dubai, covering 8,189 miles.
If Qantas wants to retake the title, they will have to act quickly.
Qatar Airways is expected to open a direct route from Dubai to Santiago, Chile, which would have a flight time of about 18 hours, 30 minutes. They’re also expected to operate a non-stop flight from Doha to Auckland. And Emirates has plans to hold onto its title with a long-haul flight from Dubai to Panama City. And last but not least, Singapore Airlines is considering opening nearly 19-hour direct service between Singapore and New York City some time next year.