Qantas eyes direct UK-Sydney flights

Qantas expects to place an order at the end of next year for aircraft that will be able to fly non-stop from Sydney to London as the Australian airline bets on strong passenger demand for direct routes.

Alan Joyce, Chief Executive said Qantas had always specialised ‘in super long-haul’ given its geographic location. “We now have the aircraft to do it and be more competitive than the hub carriers by having the direct service,” he added.

The company opened talks with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus about an aircraft that could fly the 21-hour trip from Sydney to London last year. Boeing is offering the wide-body 777-8X, while Airbus pitched its A350-1000, said Mr Joyce.