Non-stop flights between Australia and UK could become realityTuesday 28 February 2012
The UK has long been a popular destination among Australian travellers because of its rich heritage and multicultural society.
Thousands of Aussies are expected to fly over to London for the Olympic Games this year and – thanks to the strength of the dollar – people from down under will get the best exchange rates seen for many a year.
One thing that has put some holidaymakers off travelling to the UK is the sheer length of time it takes to get there.
Currently, airlines deem it too expensive to build planes that are capable of completing the epic journey in one go and the majority organise refuelling stops in Asia.
However, this could all be about to change, as the Daily Mail reports that Boeing engineers have predicted that a new version of the 777 twin-engined aircraft will be able to carry passengers from the UK to Sydney and Melbourne without deviating to Asia.
They believe that the plane – which will be up to 16 per cent more efficient than current models – could be in operation as early as 2020.
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