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 In Typhoon Weekender

Qantas have made aviation history by delivering the first direct route from London to Australia.

The inaugural 14,498km journey from Perth to London took just under 17 hours and the return flight (mid-air at the time of typing) is expected to be about the same on the Dreamliner 787-9. 

Aviation History: time flies…

  • Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947
  • Before flight we were looking at a 6 week sea journey!
  • The first trips took four days and nine stops.
  • Qantas was the first airline to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014.
  • This will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.
  • The enhanced Qantas cabin design is in addition to the comfort factors that Boeing built in to the Dreamliner – improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.
  • The flight will be the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland.

 

Bags on Board

We don’t have enough time to pop down-under so we thought we’d send a new member of our team along to accompany Jonathan Thompson on board.  If bags could talk…

Jonathan thompson and Gemma Atkinson boarding the qantas dreamliner to Perth from London HeathrowA fast jet but not as we know it…

Here at ASALI we love all things aviation and as the Dreamliner carries our Typhoon bag down under we take a look at the differences between the 2 aircraft – some serious pub quiz material for you!

Maximum zero fuel weight
Dreamliner – 192 000 kg | Eurofighter Typhoon 16 000kg

Maximum Fuel Capacity
Dreamliner 101 000 kg | Eurofighter Typhoon 7300kg

Pilots
Dreamliner 2 | Eurofighter Typhoon 1

Engine Thrust
Dreamliner 76 000lb | Eurofighter Typhoon 40 000lb

Maximum Height
Dream Liner 43 000ft | Eurofighter Typhoon 55 000ft

Maximum Speed
Dreamliner 0.9M | Eurofighter Typhoon 1.8M

Refuels Perth
Dreamliner 0 | Eurofighter Typhoon 16

Toilets
Dreamliner 7 | Eurofighter Typhoon 0

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