Qantas is set to restart its daily non-stop service between Perth and London from March 27.
The move was expected but the relaunch had been delayed due to restrictions in Western Australia.
Therefore, Qantas had temporarily used Darwin as an alternative departure airport.
Qantas confirms Darwin-London non-stop plans
As before, the flights will be operated with 236-seat B787-9s configured with 42 seats in business class, 28 in premium economy class and 165 in regular economy class.
Here are the schedules from March 27. Flights are now on sale.
- The QF10 leaves London Heathrow at 11.55am and arrives in Perth at 11.40am the next day. Flight time is 16 hours 45 minutes.
- QF9 leaves Perth at 6.50pm and arrives at London Heathrow at 5.05am the next day. The flight time is 17 hours 15 minutes.
Qantas had been flying nonstop to London since 2018, and hopes to launch non-stop Sydney-London flights in the coming years as part of Project Sunrise.
In 2019, we reported that Qantas had selected the Airbus A350-1000 to operate non-stop Sydney-London or Sydney-Mainland Europe.
Qantas chooses Airbus A350-1000 over Boeing 777X for Project Sunrise ultra long-haul flights
However, the non-stop Sydney-London launch has been put on hold due to the pandemic.
Qantas must offer non-stop flights to Europe in order to compete with the very many indirect airlines which, before the pandemic, operated on the kangaroo route.
Further changes remain possible due to the pandemic and any government restrictions that may be imposed.