TALKING POINT | Qantas is expected to announce this week the exact 'late March 2018' launch date (and pricing, and schedule) for its non-stop flights between Perth and London.
The much-trumpeted Boeing 787 service will rewrite the rules of the Kangaroo Route, which has over decades shrunk from a four day trip with seven stops on a Lockheed Constellation in 1947, to one stop in 23 hours on the Boeing 747 or Airbus A380.
Come March 2018 it'll be no stops and just under 18 hours – presuming you're starting from Perth, of course.
However, most Australian travellers will begin their journey from the east coast, adding an extra handful of hours and one stopover in the WA capital.
Or will they?
Despite the allure of the advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with its superior seats and ability to reduce the impact of jetlag, how many travellers will continue to opt for the more established Airbus routes from Sydney and Melbourne (assuming the Melbourne-London QF9 flight isn't cancelled or curtailed at Dubai, as some expect)?
In the A380's favour, there's a first class cabin – the Boeing 787 tops out at business class – which will appeal to the many frequent flyers who use their points to upgrade from business class to first class).
On the other hand, travellers from the likes of Brisbane and Adelaide may decide it's preferable to make the dash to Perth to join the Boeing 787, trimming several hours and one Sydney or Melbourne stopover from their overall trip.
Today, we're asking our readers who regularly fly with Qantas to London if they'll continue to go via Dubai on the Airbus A380 or switch to the non-stop Perth-London flights of the Boeing 787. Tell us which you'll do, and why, in the comments section below.