No-one knows the pain of a long-haul flight quite like Australians (#firstworldproblems, we know).
We're pretty damn lucky to be able to travel the world, but the endless stopovers and lengthy flight paths aren't *exactly* thrilling.
Well our lives are about to get a whole lot simpler as Qantas announces it's latest aircraft: the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. It's smaller, faster, better and stronger than anything we've ever (commercially) flown with.
The revolutionary aircraft will launch as early as October 2017. The best part? It can get us from Perth to London non-freakin-stop.
"As the most advanced long-haul aircraft of its type, passenger comfort is at the core of the Qantas Dreamliner design. Our Dreamliner will feature 236 seats – less than most other aircraft of its type, to provide optimal comfort and space for every passenger," reads the statement by Qantas.
The new aircraft will be replacing five B747 planes, and will feature larger windows, improved cabin pressure, Smoother Ride Technology to help reduce turbulence, and impressive interiors which are yet to be unveiled.
But aside from its striking looks, it’s really the technology that sets the Dreamliner apart from its predecessors. Due to its lightweight structure and low fuel consumption it can fly much further while still delivering the same per-seat economics as the 360-seat B747.
You can expect to get from Perth to London and fromSydney to Chicago in only 17 hours eastbound, and 18 hours westbound. A flight from Melbourne to Dallas will be introduced and will also take between 17 and 18 hours. Flights from Sydney to Vancouver will become more regular and even a Sydney-Sao Paolo connection might be on the cards.
Catchya, 7 hour stopovers in Abu Dhabi! London, we're coming for you... in 2018 when the service reportedly begins.
This article previously appeared on 7 Travel.