Emirates Chief Executive Backs Qantas’ Australia – United Kingdom Route

Photo: Dubai World Airports

This week Emirates CEO, Tim Clarke, spoke highly of the a potential non-stop route between Perth and London. Clarke said the route would be a “smart thing to do” leading to, perhaps, a few raised eyebrows across the airline industry.

Visiting Australia this week Clarke met with his Qantas counterpart, Alan Joyce, aiming to find opportunities to expand their alliance which was launched in 2012.

Emirates has 77 flights per week to Australia from its Dubai hub and a non-stop route between London and Perth that would divert would-be Emirates passengers away from a Middle East layover.

By the end of the year the Australian flag carrier will reveal its first Dreamliner routes, with the first of eight Boeing 787-9s due to arrive next year – allowing the phasing out of the 11 Boeing 747s that Qantas continues to operate.

With rumors starting this time last year, one of the routes expected to be announced is a 19 hour Perth – London flight, making it the longest flight in the world, overtaking Emirates’ Auckland – Dubai service. Should this flight take place, it is expected to depart no earlier than 2018.

In 1989, Qantas put a Boeing 747 through a non-stop flight between London and Sydney, clocking 20 hours 9 minutes and 5 seconds.

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  • Osama Imam

    Emirates is smart; it only talks this because it doesn’t really affect it. While no doubt, a few passengers will route through Perth to get to London, a single B787 flight in a day can only carry so many passengers (only about 230 seats in QF). Further most of Australia lives on the East coast and they might as well connect through Singapore or Dubai. Now, if there were a non-stop Syd/Mel – Lhr, that would surely change the game. Further, EK gives an option of flying direct to cities such as Glasgow and Manchester, which would remain unavailable with QF. EK has a very firm grip on the Kangaroo route and we’re still quite far from seeing otherwise