Date Posted: 29/12/2018
The journey began back in 2017, when the very first Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arrived into Sydney on a wet spring morning, proudly showing off the new ‘Silveroo’ livery. It was the Australian airline carriers dream to fly the first non-stop flight that would connect Australia with London, without having to rely on a stop-over in Singapore or Dubai.
In 2018, Qantas was anxious to prove to the world that they could connect Australia with London in just one flight, and on March 24th 2018 QF9 took to the skies. The flight time from Perth to London Heathrow is 17 hours and it has now become regarded as the longest non-stop service ever to fly from the United Kingdom.
This is the story of Qantas;
This is the dream of Qantas;
This is the Dreamliner;– Hon Julie Bishop MP, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Now that 2018 has come to an end the Flying Kangaroo has received their order of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s. All of them gracing the skies and travelling to new destinations, as well as some of our favourites around the world. Currently Qantas fly their Dreamliner’s on routes to Brisbane, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Perth.Thats enough about the Dreamliner, back to other Qantas news.
Over the last twelve months, new routes have been added to the airlines network with services flying from Adelaide to Uluru, Darwin to Uluru, Melbourne to Denpasar and Sydney to Bendigo. The most popular travel destinations in Australia for 2018 were Perth, Hobart and Mackay, with an increase in passenger numbers on these selected travel destinations this year.
The most popular international travel destinations this year were Los Angeles, London, Singapore and New Zealand.
As the clock strikes 12am and we begin a New Year, Qantas would have flown over 30 million passengers over the last twelve months. With over 280,000 flights operating, bringing it to a combined total of 465 million kilometres. Every 34 seconds, a Qantas Group airline lands or departs somewhere in the world.
Once again, the most popular inflight meal for passengers travelling in the First Class cabin was the steak sandwich, with Qantas chefs plating up more than 25,000 this year.
In Business Class the choice amongst international travellers was the blue eye trevalla with garlic fried rice and on domestic flights passengers ordered the prawn curry.
For Economy passengers, their favourite meal was the massaman beef curry and pork sausages with Paris mash gravy and minted peas.
Champagne was the go to drink of choice on board with the airline serving up more than 130,000 bottles across its network. At least I can say I helped with this statistic. Salt and pepper squid remained the most popular dish in the airlines First Class Lounges around the world, Qantas chefs served more than 200,000 plates of this alone.
A huge hit this year was the cooked to order sausage sandwich in the Perth Transit Lounge as passengers relaxed before their non-stop service to London Heathrow.
Unfortunately, Qantas did receive many complaints this year with their decision to remove music from the entertainment system on board. Hopefully the airline takes their feedback in hand and returns the music selection. Over the last 12 months Qantas have aanonymously tracked what passengers were watching and listening to on their journey.
Last year in 2017 the animated movie “Boss Baby” was the most watched film on board, with Mission Impossible: Fallout taking the top spot for 2018.
- Most Popular Australian Film: Breathe
- Most Watched Box Set: Billions
- Most Watched TV Show: Modern Family
- Most Watched Children’s Film: Incredibles 2
This year along with the introduction of the 17 hour flight to London Heathrow, Qantas added a meditation series on board. The most popular tracks played were ‘Peaceful Piano’ and ‘Nature Spirits- a Journey into Magical and Relaxing Forest Sounds.’
The top movies watched on board true 2018 were:
- Mission Impossible: Fallout
- Crazy Rich Asians
- Oceans 8
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- Black Panther
- Justice League
- Blade Runner 2049
- Mamma Mia Here We Go Again
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Red Sparrow
The top five television box sets were:
The most popular television comedies were:
- Modern Family
- Big Bang Theory
- Young Sheldon
- Family Guy
- American Dad
As Qantas continues to install Wi-Fi throughout their fleet, most of their Boeing 737’s and a select few Airbus A330’s have wifi connectivity on board. Passengers using this inflight service spent most of their time checking emails, browsing the web, checking social media (Facebook), streaming videos and music streaming services.
Before 2019 arrives, over 5 million passengers will travel on a Qantas aircraft in December and January, with over 1.5 million passengers choosing to travel over the Christmas and New Year period.
For travellers seeking the snow in the New Year, Qantas will operate their seasonal flights to Vancouver from Sydney. The direct service will commence on the 3rd of July 2019 and operate until the 19th of September 2019. (subject to change)
The following Christmas movies are available throughout December and January:
- A Christmas Story, 1983
- Bush Christmas, 1974
- Elf, 2003
- Home Alone, 1990
- Home Alone 2 : Lost in New York, 1992
- It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
- Love Actually, 2003
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989
- The Polar Express, 2004
Next year we will see the first Qantas Pilot Academy open in Toowoomba in Regional Queensland with another announcement soon to be made for the location of the next Pilot Academy. Over 250 pilots in Australia and overseas will have the ability to train here, and it is important for Qantas to have this up and operational as soon as possible. It is estimated that over 80,000 pilots will be required in the next 20 years.
A new First Class Lounge is set to open in Singapore which will provide a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for Qantas’ First Class travellers and their most loyal Frequent Flyers, Platinum and Platinum One members. The existing Business Class Lounge in Singapore will also undergo an expansion to cater for the increase in passenger traffic.
It’s another exciting year ahead in terms of aviation. Qantas will continue invest in the customer experience with most of their lounges set to undergo a makeover or a refurbishment in the next 18 months, prior to the airlines 100th centenary celebrations in 2020. Announcements should be made in relation to Project Sunrise within the next 12 months.
It will certainly be an exciting year ahead!