World’s longest flight to take off in early 2018

It will shadow the current Emirates’ longest flight

A flight from Perth to London taking 17-and-a-half hours looks set to become the world’s longest non-stop passenger route.

Australia’s Qantas airlnes hopes the flights will get off the ground in March 2018 using its first long-range Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The 9,000-mile flights would shadow the current longest journey, that of an Emirates flight from Dubai to Auckland. That flight lasts 16 hours and 35 minutes covering 8,823 miles.

According to The West Australian newspaper, Alan Joyce from Qantas is close to making a deal.

Joyce said: ‘When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

‘From Melbourne and Sydney and all other destinations in Australia, it will save you an hour going through Perth compared to Dubai or Singapore or other destinations.’