Qantas has unveiled a new international wing at Perth Airport’s Terminal 3 designed to offer a hassle-free experience for passengers on the airline’s new nonstop service to London, which starts this month.

Set to open on March 24, the spacious new international wing in Perth, Australia is designed to offer passengers a more intimate and smoother experience than T1. To start with, the new wing will handle just one flight at a time, meaning a calm atmosphere should pervade. There is, however, room for expansion as additional flights are added.

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Featuring a variety of shops as well as a new Qantas lounge, the new area will swing between domestic and international operations depending on the time of day.

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As of March 24, Qantas services to Singapore and Auckland will also operate from the new wing.

March 24 is also the day that Qantas will become the first airline to operate non-stop flights between Perth and London. Flown by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the 14,498-kilometre flight will be the first passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe, becoming the shortest and fastest version of the Kangaroo Route in its 70-year history.

Read about the food that will be served on the route here.

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Qantas opened a spacious new lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 towards the end of last year in preparation for the landmark Perth-London route. You read more about it here.

And if you would like to learn more about the history of flying between the UK and Australia, and how the flight time between the two has been reduced from two weeks to 15 hours, take a look at our article ‘How Time Flies: The History Of Flights From The UK To Australia’.