Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.”