Potential record-breaking flights to be built from London to Australia on ultra long-haul jets

Planes loaded with passengers cruising for over 10,000 miles, bound for Australia’s east coast? Thanks to Australian budget airline Qantas, the long-haul flights are still a work in progress, but according to Qantas CEO…

Potential record-breaking flights to be built from London to Australia on ultra long-haul jets

Planes loaded with passengers cruising for over 10,000 miles, bound for Australia’s east coast?

Thanks to Australian budget airline Qantas, the long-haul flights are still a work in progress, but according to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, the plan is to build the airline’s dedicated ultra long-haul jet fleet to reduce the cost of flying long-haul across the Pacific by 25 percent.

During a briefing with reporters at the Paris Air Show, Joyce claimed that if they get everything correct, he thinks the airline could offer nonstop flights from London to Australia in 2026, according to ABC News.

Australian business and government leaders in Australia have welcomed the move to offer nonstop flights between the states, with Joyce confirming that the government will help fund it if necessary. Joyce added that he expects U.S. passengers to use the new flights as well.

Budget carrier Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary, who argued against the move in a recent blog post, said that “the city of London is the planet’s largest economy, bigger than the U.S. and China combined. The cost of putting that many people on a plane would be absolutely extraordinary. Having worked on budget airlines in the U.S., Canada and Europe for 20 years, I can tell you that it is beyond me why companies like Ryanair would actually want to carry that many people on board a plane.”

During a series of tweets on Monday morning, O’Leary added, “Long haul services, which include flights to Europe and Asia, are the lifeblood of the airlines, and I doubt they would be able to operate on budget.”

O’Leary also said that one feature that would make the ultra long-haul flights expensive to operate would be the type of fuel that Qantas would use on the flights. Joyce responded by claiming that the fuel required to complete the flight is essentially “cleaned through an aircraft engine that turns over every 50,000 miles,” according to The Courier Mail. He added that they had nearly completed negotiations with fuel companies and that he was confident fuel providers would accept the plane.

Joyce also said that he expected construction to begin in December and that Qantas would share its U.S. route system with its business partners, Emirates, but did not provide specifics. According to the Courier Mail, this would mean long-haul flights to the U.S. on Qantas would be able to book a connecting flight with Emirates.

He said that other budget airlines in the U.S. and Europe would also be booked on the Qantas network on ultra long-haul flights.

In addition to the ultra long-haul route from the U.K. to Australia, Qantas will also be looking to cut the cost of the first transpacific flight from Australia to the U.S. down from $14,000 to $10,000 by the end of 2019, according to The Australian.

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