Qantas will publish its first scheduled Dreamliner routes by the end of the year, with a direct service between London and Perth a distinct possibility.
The Australian national carrier is set to receive its first Boeing 787 – also known as the Dreamliner – in 2017, and will announce new routes for the plane later this year.
If the London to Perth service is given the go-ahead, it would rival the current longest flight in the world! (Emirates Dubai to Auckland service) which clocks up 8,819 miles, taking 17 hours and 15 minutes.
Qantas has also announced it is cancelling the remaining eight orders it has for the Airbus A380, dealing another blow for the superjumbo.
The A380 is the world’s largest passenger plane, and a firm favourite amongst travellers - but airline orders for the jet is failing to meet expectations.
Boeing’s 787 and Airbus’s A380 have been competing for control of the skies for the best part of a decade.
Many airlines are now moving towards smaller, more fuel-efficient twin-engine jets, like the 787, instead of larger four-engine models like the A380.
Airbus has therefore been forced to scale back production of the superjumbo: it will make just 12 of the jets in 2018 compared with 27 in 2015.
Despite the lacklustre sales, Airbus remains confident about the future of the plane, which has been reconfigured to squeeze up to 11 seats on each row .
Emirates is the largest operator of the A380 – with 75 of the jets in service and another 67 on order – while Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France are amongst the other airlines using the double-decker jumbo.