When Qantas introduced it could be beginning direct flights between London and Perth – travelling continuous for 17 hours – there have been as many terrified seems as there have been enthusiastic expressions. For some, the concept of skipping layovers and transit time for a sooner arrival was welcome. Others couldn’t deal with the considered being caught in a steel tube with 236 individuals for that length.
Aviation historical past was made this week, when the inaugural flights travelled between the hemispheres. The route covers a distance of 14,498km, making it the third longest within the world. It’s an enormous leap from air travel in 1947, when it could take 4 days and 7 stops to make the journey between Australia and the UK. So, what’s the decision?
Adam Barnard, who owns a tour bus company within the West Australian capital, travelled to the UK in economic system. “It was quite surreal not to have a stop and the whole thing was so quick,” he says. “I do admit to sitting on a pillow after about ten hours, but I did sleep well, that’s for sure.”
Barnard says claims of diminished jetlag with the brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner are legitimate. “You take off early evening and land early morning the next day, and it totally reduces jet lag,” he says. “The mood lighting, cabin pressure, air-conditioning and temperature changes are all designed to minimise jet lag and the higher humidity meant I was nowhere near as dehydrated as usual. That was very noticeable [because] I had a function the night I arrived, and I was still fine.”
John and Isabel Lake from Hertfordshire within the UK travelled to Perth to satisfy their daughter Tiffany’s 16-day-old child. The Brits arrived one hour early, in time for lunch, and the new child and her mum have been on the airport to greet them. The Lakes have twice been to Australia on common flights, and say the direct route fits them much better. They arrived refreshed and properly fed, having dined on ravioli and hen dinners, adopted by a full cooked breakfast. The couple travelled in premium economic system and notice that the seats are completely different to these in economic system. “The seats were very spacious and extremely comfortable,” says John. “Sleeping was so much better than any other flight that I’ve ever had.” Isabel was impressed with the absence of cabin noise, enabling simple shut-eye. “The windows seemed to be dimmed without having blinds – they look darker and it gives you the sensation of night,” she says. “Even the babies and young children- not a peep out of any of them. A lot of people had six or seven hours sleep.”
On arrival they got a free ferry ticket to Rottnest Island and a goodie bag with sunscreen in it – one thing they’ve made use of, as they get pleasure from Australia’s sunniest metropolis.
Words: Fleur Bainger