New-generation widebodies are prompting some airlines to seek out seek out potential new city pairs that can be served nonstop with flight times of 17 hours or longer. Qantas started non-stop service from Perth to London Heathrow in March using Boeing 787-9s and CEO Alan Joyce said during the IATA AGM in Sydney June 3 that the oneworld carrier was looking at other possible ultra-long haul routes, such as to Frankfurt, Paris or US cities. Qantas has challenged Airbus and Boeing to offer an ...

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