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Qantas Adds Boeing 787 Nonstop Paris Flights


Summary

  • Qantas is launching nonstop year-round flights from Perth to Paris, fulfilling the demand for a direct link to the French capital.
  • The new route will add over 75,000 additional seats to and from Europe each year and reduce travel time by three hours.
  • Perth Airport is becoming a hub for ultra-long-haul flights, with Qantas also operating nonstop routes to London and Rome from the city.


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It seems that the concept of ultra-long-haul flying is gaining acceptance as Australians count down to the launch of Qantas’ Project Sunrise in late 2025. While the main game is to fly nonstop from East Coast Australia to London or New York, the opportunities to get a taste of what that entails are growing.


Paris returns to the network map

Yesterday, Qantas announced it is launching year-round nonstop flights from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, to Paris, starting from July 2024. From July 24, the 17-hour Perth to Paris flights will commence with four flights per week over the peak summer season, reducing to three times weekly from mid-August.

Qantas 787-9 landing

Photo: Qantas

Qantas Group CEO Vanessa Hudson said the Paris route had been on the airline’s wish list for a while, and this will be the first time Australians have a direct link to the French capital.

“Our direct flights to London and Rome have been hugely popular and Paris is the next most-requested destination, so we know the demand for this service will be strong as well. Some of the first customers on these flights will be Australian athletes heading to Paris to compete at the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

It will be the first time Qantas has operated to Paris in nearly 20 years, and the flights will start just in time for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in Paris. The new route will add more than 75,000 additional seats to and from Europe each year and cut around three hours off the current fastest travel time from Perth to Paris.

Qantas Boeing 787

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In a sign that international airfares are moderating, the Perth-Paris has gone on sale with an introductory offer (until November 2) of AU$1,899 ($1,270) for a return economy ticket. Qantas also offers a “circle fare,” which allows customers to fly into Paris and return to Australia from London or Rome on one ticket.

Three nonstop flights from Perth to Europe

Perth Airport (PER) is becoming the home of ultra-long-haul flights in Australia, and the new Paris service (QF33) will operate alongside the Perth-London (QF9) and Perth-Rome (QF5) routes. The alternative Qantas option for East Coast passengers is the traditional route from Sydney to London via Singapore (QF1) or with Qantas partner Emirates via Dubai.

Qantas A380 landing

Photo: Qantas

The three services from Perth will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners comfortably configured in a three-class layout of just 236 passengers, including 42 business class, 28 premium economy and 166 economy seats. The flagship QF1 via Singapore is operated with an Airbus A380 with 14 seats in first class, 70 in business, 60 in premium economy and 341 in economy for a total of 485 passengers.

According to fleet data from ch-aviation, Qantas has a fleet of 126 aircraft, including 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus A380s. For its medium and some short-haul flying, it uses a mix of Airbus A330-300s and A330-200s, and for domestic routes, it operates Boeing 737-800s. A massive fleet regeneration is underway with Airbus A350-1000s and single-aisle long-range A321XLRs coming in as older aircraft are retired.

The recent arrival of additional Dreamliners and increased flying will see the Group’s international capacity go above 90% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year and pass that by the middle of 2024. Passengers arriving in Paris will be able to connect to more than 70 destinations across the region, including 12 destinations in France and popular cities like Barcelona, Munich, Frankfurt and Athens through the Qantas partner network.

Fleet data: ch-aviation



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