If you dream of a European vacation but dread the idea of multiple trips, you will love the new Qantas Route.
Will the new Qantas course change the rules of the game? Yes yes it is. Let me explain why.
Flying kangaroos have just started flying directly from Australia to Italy, making it the only airline to operate direct service between Australia and mainland Europe.
You know what that means? No more annoying layovers in places like Doha, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore (although Changi Airport is fun).
This means you can board a plane here in Australia and less than 20 hours later, you can lick gelato in front of the Colosseum in Rome.
The inaugural flight took off from Perth and Rome on Saturday, with Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce telling news.com.au that direct flights are the way of the future.
“We are seeing a growing preference for a non-stop flight to and from Australia to make the travel experience as efficient and easy as possible, and we expect this to be a lasting shift in the way people want to travel,” he said.
Speaking about the new route, Mr. Joyce said: “Qantas began our services from Sydney to Rome in 1948 as part of the seven-stop Kangaroo Route to London, and since the early 1990s we have flown our Boeing 747 Queen of the Sky twice. A week until 2003 when it was Suspension of direct services during the SARS pandemic.
“After nearly 20 years, we are excited that our itinerary leads us once again to Rome proving that it truly is the Eternal City.”
Here’s all the info you need about the new Qantas route from Australia to Italy.
Qantas will operate three return flights from Sydney to Rome (via Perth) per week from now until October 6.
Flights to Europe leave Perth at 10.20pm local time with a flight time of 16 hours 25 minutes, which means they’ll arrive in Rome at 8.20am local time, just in time for a cappuccino and cornetti.
You’re probably wondering how much a ticket costs, right? Prices start at $1,785.
You can also combine Qantas flights to Rome with the airline’s double daily direct flights between Australia and London, meaning you can fly into Rome and then out of London on one return ticket (available until October this year).
And if you’re keen to explore more of Europe while you’re there, Qantas will also offer transportation to 16 other destinations including Paris and Barcelona as well as 15 other destinations in Italy, including Venice and Milan.
The aircraft that will be used for flights from Perth to Rome are Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
If you haven’t been to one before, it’s pretty cool.
They have turbulent damping technology which means there is less chance you will spill pinot noir on your lap at some point during the flight, and there is an improvement in air quality to reduce jet lag.
My favorite feature is the windows (seriously!) which are much larger than regular airplane windows.
“It’s not only the largest and widest, but it’s also the best positioned window of any airplane flying today, and it’s designed so that a middle-seat passenger can look out the window without having to lift their neck,” Rachel said. Ornan-Stone, a design researcher at The Boeing Company, told news.com.au in 2017.
The windows do not have shutters. Instead, they have an electronic dimmer with five different levels.
“In the darkest of darkness, you can sleep very comfortably but you can still look outside,” said Dr. Ornan Stone.
Qantas has added an Italian touch to the list of flights between Australia and Italy.
Let’s start with the business degree list.
On the flight from Perth to Rome, those lucky enough to be seated at the pointed end of the plane can eat dishes that include:
• Zucchini and basil soup with Parmesan croutons
• Vegetarian Food – Caramelized Potato Gratin with Peas, Mushrooms and Roasted Fennel
• Spaghetti with prawns, garlic, chili, slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and bangrato
On the way back to Australia from Rome, the menu highlights include:
• Bucatini all ‘Amatriciana
• Grilled fish with pepperonata, pine nuts and basil
• Buffalo mozzarella, salumi feniocciona, anchovies, artichokes, olives, red pepper seasoned with warm focaccia
For those in economics, they can look forward to:
• Beef Wagyu braised with broccoli, carrots and polenta
• Rosemary, garlic, sea salt and olive oil
• Mixed Arancini
Qantas has also boosted the number of Italian films available to watch on the in-flight entertainment system.
Some of the added titles include: woman smellAnd the Rome And the Life is beautiful (You will need your tissues for this.)
This writer is a guest of Qantas on the inaugural flight from Perth to Rome