Airline review: Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner economy class Perth to London non stop

Airline review: Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner economy class Perth to London non-stop


THE ROUTE


Perth to London non stop

THE AIRCRAFT


Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

THE LOYALTY SCHEME


Qantas Frequent Flyer part of the global One-world network. 


CLASS


Economy

DURATION


About 17 hours Covering 14,498 kilometers it's one of the world's longest commercial flights.

FREQUENCY


Daily


THE SEAT


Economy seats are narrower by 0.76 centimeters than those on Qantas' larger international planes but I couldn't tell. The trade off is an extra 2.45 centimeters of leg room compared to Qantas' other international economy spaces. You really have to search for it but a flimsy netting arrangement hangs from beneath the seat in front that allows you to cradle your feet. The seat reclines a respectable 15.24 centimeters.

BAGGAGE


Economy passengers travelling to Europe can bring about 30 kilos of checked baggage and one piece of carry on baggage up to seven kilograms.

COMFORT


The Dreamliner is a quiet plane compared to most planes and its pressurization and humidity control is superior to that on other high altitude planes pressurization for the boffins is sustained at the same level you would get at about 1830 meters or 6000 feet. It's supposed to reduce  jet lag. I'm convinced it does. Under the high luggage storage and big windows with electronic blinds enhance the impression of space. Your pillow has a slip that goes over your headrest meaning it won't shimmy away while you sleep there is a soft blanket.

ENTERTAINMENT


The good sized touchscreen boasting the expected zillion channels and new movies there's a drop down shelf for your phone or tablet, plus power and USB plugs. If you can't find enough entertainment you are not paying attention. 

SERVICE


You are not in 1st or business so service is limited to a welcoming smile the distribution of small comfort packs drinks and meals. You can Buzz if you need anything more.

FOOD


There is a main meal about two hours after take off a mid flight snack and breakfast. I opted for the salad of hot smoked salmon with quinoa pumpkin pilaf and horseradish cream with a glass of Australian sparkling. The other options were roast chicken with parmesan cream or beef steak with red wine sauce. Dessert was Eton mess and I'm a sucker for Eton mess Mid light was ice cream and fruit, smoked ham and mustard cheese baguette with a baked laming-ton or carrot sticks and hummus dip with cheese and biscuits. I went for the baguette and laming-ton. Sweet tooth. For breakfast I overlooked the fruit plate and chose spinach frittata, bacon, sausage, kale, feta and tomato relish. Pretty good economy airline victuals.

ONE MORE THING


We don't all live in Perth my marathon began in Melbourne. About 4½ hours later I was in perth waiting to change to the Dreamliner. By London the whole trip had taken about Twenty-Three hours. That's about the same as if I would flown a more traditional one stop route from Melbourne.  It might worth travelling to perth a day earlier.

THE VERDICT


 A flight like this one is a challenge but I slept quite a bit knowing I didn't have to wake half way for an annoying two-hour stopover. I would do it again without thinking. If I was thinking I might take a different route and throw in a day's layover in Singapore or somewhere.

OUR RATING OUT OF FIVE

4★


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