Special exercise areas and even designated sleeping quarters in aircraft were among the features flagged by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce at a recent address in London.
Speaking at a packed UK Aviation Club after Qantas' inaugural Perth to London service, Mr Joyce went on to talk about future possibilities as well as aviation frontiers, specifically the breakthrough of flying from the Australian east coast to London and New York, which has been dubbed "Operation Sunrise".
Holding the room of aviation-obsessed members in the palm of his hands, Joyce also spoke to the Qantas entrepreneurial spirit and of course, the major milestone of the carrier's new 17-hour direct flight from Perth-London. How times have changed, he said.
Attendees, including Qantas and partner airline colleagues, and Shadow Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Cities and Tourism, Anthony Albanese, heard how in 1947, flights between the UK and Australia cost some 525 pounds (around AU$960, or the equivalent of 2.5 years' wages of an average person) and took four days and at least seven stops to complete. Now, it’s about one week's wage and 17 hours in one giant hop.
And when 'Operation Sunrise' launches, as it should by around 2022, we won’t need to go through Perth to do it. But we may want to, given the positive feedback the service has so far garnered (read our exclusive travel industry review here - https://www.traveltalkmag.com.au/skytalk/exclusive-inaugural-qantas-perth-london-review).