London - After Qantas, Virgin Atlantic also plans to launch direct connection between London and Perth to be able to compete with the Australian operator better.
Richard Branson, the boss of the British operator, told that the non-stop route between the west coast of Australia and London would materialize as soon as possible. To date, the most distant destination of the British carrier is Hong Kong.
An additional 2619 nautical miles (4850 km) should not be a problem since Virgin Atlantic has a fleet of 17 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, configured to accommodate 31 passengers in Business class, 35 in Premium and 198 in Economy.
Qantas operates Dreamliner as well on non-stop Perth - London route that was launched last March. But the Australian Dreamliner has 28 seats less (42 + 28 + 166), and the Australian flag carrier offers its passengers a special anti-jet lag menu.
Recall that Perth is now home to Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, and Thai Airways with the same type of aircraft.