- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 11:43AM
The first direct flights from Australia to Europe could happen as soon as next year, while other long haul flight routes are being considered by Qantas.
Qantas is looking at direct flights between Perth and London as a 'real option' when the airline launches its first 787-9 Dreamliners. This journey would take around 18 hours.
Long-haul routes between Sydney and Chicago and Melbourne and Dallas are also on the table.
The planes can fly longer distances because they are 20 per cent better fuel efficiency than standard 747s because of lighter materials and better aerodynamics.
The 787-9 Dreamliner, built by Boeing, costs $345 million. A Qantas spokesman told Daily Mail Australia that price of each plane depended on the plane's technical specifications and how many the airline bought at once.
Qantas will buy eight of the 787-9s, with the goal of gradually replacing its older Boeing 747s between 2018 and 2019.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce told the annual Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation conference travellers would know more by the end of the year.
Mr Joyce said Qantas was liaising with airports to ensure the necessary infrastructure would be available to handle the new planes.
'For instance, for Perth to London, we'd need our international and domestic operations to be in the same terminal, we need Customs and Immigration, there's a lot of infrastructure and planning that needs to be there,' Joyce said.