It seems that the idea of connecting London to Australia on a non-stop flight might just not be so crazy after all. Thomson Airways, the 3rd largest carrier in Britain by passengers, has suggested that taking passengers to Australia or Hawaii non-stop from London is not actually out of the realm of possibility. But they need more of their newest plane first.
As part of the launch of their 787 service the company had a number of executives on the first flight, traveling between Gatwick and Menorca, Spain. One of those execs mentioned that there are a number of new destinations that the company is looking to serve with the longer range afforded by the Dreamliner; Perth and Hawaii were both mentioned in the bit.
Yes, it is a longshot that these routes actually develop (pun intended) but they are definitely viable with the spec’s the plane offers. Then again, with ~280 seats on board (60 more than United offers) that would be a mighty long, mighty crowded flight.
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