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Emirates will shortly launch the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight with its daily service between Dubai and Panama City in 2016. Qantas plans to launch an even longer nonstop commercial flight in 2017 directly from Australia to Europe using the B787-9 Dreamliner, which it expects to take delivery of in 2017.

Qantas had previously used Singapore as its stopover hub, but following a partnership with Emirates in 2013 it re-routed all of its European flights to stopover in Dubai. Qantas currently flies out of London Heathrow to Sydney and Melbourne. The proposed Perth–London direct service is expected to complement these flights.

Thanks to the extended range afforded by the B787-9, a direct service between Perth and London is possible. Crossing eight time zones, the distance is around 14,500km – more than 650km further than Emirates’ forthcoming service to Panama.

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