Qantas' Dreamliner Creates New Travel Opportunities

Media Release

DC316/2017

20 October 2017

  • Qantas has announced the arrival of the first of eight Dreamliners from Boeing
  • The fuel-efficient aircraft will able to fly directly from Australia to Europe
  • Four aircraft will be based in Brisbane and the other four in Melbourne

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has today welcomed Qantas' first 787 Dreamliner to Australia.

Mr Chester said the aircraft, which can fly up to 14,400 kilometres non-stop, would create a range of new opportunities for tourism and business travel—the first of which will be direct flights from Perth to London.

“It is exciting to see game-changing aircraft like the Dreamliner make cities like London and Paris more accessible for Australians,” Mr Chester said.

“Seventy years ago it took four or more days for our grandparents and great grandparents to fly to London; today we can do that in one trip and in under 24 hours.

“The fuel efficiency of the Dreamliner is one of its key characteristics, making ultra long-haul flights viable.

“As new improvements are made in aircraft technology we look forward to the opportunities they bring to the industry and consumers.”