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Qantas will be launching one of the longest routes in the world when it starts up service between Perth and London on 24 March 2018. The airline is on record as saying that it would like build on this route and go on to use its newly acquired Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to establish Perth as its gateway to Europe.
Routes to Paris and Frankfurt have been muted as possibilities for the Qantas Dreamliners but there hasn’t been any comment from the airline for some time. That may have just changed.
A French website (DéplacementsPros.com) has reported that Qantas has intimated that it will launch service between Perth and Paris later this year, possibly as early as September.
The google translation of the paragraph in which the French website mentions the Paris route reads:
It is a small revolution that is preparing for direct flights between France and Australia. After takeoff from Perth / London, scheduled for March 24 at 18:50 (arrived in London March 25 at 5:10), Qantas has announced that the Perth / Paris would be a reality before the end of 2018, even advancing a possible date: September next.
I’m reliably informed that the translation isn’t quite correct when it says that Qantas has announced that the Perth – Paris route will happen in 2018. A more correct translation would be one which says that the airline (or someone from the airline acting in an unofficial capacity) has suggested it as a possibility.
I can’t say that I’ve heard of DépacementPros.com before so I can’t vouch for the site’s journalistic integrity….but this certainly seems like something Qantas would be seriously considering.
We know that there will be press conferences in Perth and London at either end of the inaugural flight on that route so both would be good opportunities for Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to announce further ultra long-haul routes out of Perth.
[HT: Alex McWhirter]