Istanbul - Turkish Airlines will start direct flights between Istanbul and Sydney from 2019, CEO Ilker Ayci announced on September 18 during an event in Istanbul. It would be the first non-stop service between Sydney and Europe ever.

Ayci did not specify with which aircraft the flights are being carried out. Next year, Turkish will include the first Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 in its fleet. Both planes have enough flight range to cover the 8100 NM route (15,000 kilometers) between the two metropolia.

Earlier this year, Australian flag carrier Qantas started flying from Perth to London Heathrow, the first non-stop route between the western coast of Australia and Europe. On that route, which is almost as long as Sydney-Istanbul, the airline uses a 787-9 Dreamliner.

Upon the start of direct flights between Sydney and Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis might be an excellent hub for those traveling to Western and Southern Europe from eastern coast of Australia without having to take multiple flights.