SYD-LHR distance is no less than 9 188 nm.jasonja3 said:
The 787-9 Dreamliner will bring even more benefits to Virgin Atlantic travellers. The aircraft has the biggest windows in the air, giving all passengers clear views of the horizon; an even better cabin environment, including higher ceilings and larger luggage bins; and greater long-range capability (up to 8,500 nautical miles) enabling trips from London to Perth or Hawaii, for example, without stopping en route.
As a non-stop on a 250 seat aircraft it may well be viable. Probably not for a 350 seat 744 though.oz_mark said:Now whether London - Perth would be viable is a different question.
Why would anyone choose this option?jasonja3 said:Virgin Atlanitc (VS) has anounced a new order for 787-9's with plans for a non stop service between Australia and UK.
There are other cost issues to be considered:simongr said:From an airline perspective they will be saving the baggage handling costs of two rather than one airport, landing fees, fuel costs (it costs more to take off/land than fly in a straight line), you might be able to shave one meal service off the flight, you wont have two sets of gorund staff for check in - given that some poeple do join flights half way, less revenue leakage when people switch carriers mid trip.
One could also envisage enhanced relationship with DJ to connect with east coast flights which would be win-win for both carriers, although this could be limited by the absence of premium cabins on DJ.d15.in.oz said:VS is a particularly effective and astute point2point carrier, within its market.
I would predict that daily non-stop LON-PER would be a success in their type of operation, mining boom or not.