Qantas could move to year-round daily Auckland-Perth flights as both a feeder for its new non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 service and a challenge to competitor Air New Zealand.
The airline currently flies a seasonal Airbus A330 service on the route, while Air New Zealand runs its own Dreamliner – but Qantas would position the daily flights to bring Kiwis to London via Perth.
Air New Zealand's flagship NZ1/NZ2 route lopes from Auckland to Los Angeles to London in a 22 hour stretch.
The Qantas alternative would total 24 hours from Auckland to London via Perth.
"We are considering it, " Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans told Australian Business Traveller in Seattle, ahead of the delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787-9.
"Clearly we want (Auckland passengers) to go over to Perth on services to London, it's a much nicer way to get there."
Evans says the airline will make its decision on daily Perth-Auckland flights in" three to five months' time."
David Flynn is visiting Seattle as a guest of Qantas and Boeing.