Ultra long-haul flights from London to Sydney? They’re still in the works, says Qantas CEO

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Emirates challenges international airlines as low-cost carrier finds its niche in the market

Ultra long-haul flights from London to Sydney? They’re still in the works, says Qantas CEO

Emirates has reiterated plans to compete with international airlines with ultra long-haul flights between London and Sydney.

The budget airline was forced to reschedule a flight from Perth to Sydney earlier this week after heavy rain and a leak prevented an engine from being completely checked out. Emirates’ second London-to-Sydney flight was also disrupted by poor weather in January.

This weekend Emirates’ first London-to-Sydney route since May 2001 will take off, but the airline will be following the same route but will also be serving its Dubai hub with flights via Athens, Dublin and New York.

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Emirates is competing with long-haul airlines that fly directly from Australian airports to London and New York.

Emirates had to reschedule its Perth to Sydney flight on Wednesday after heavy rain and a leak prevented it from being completely checked out.

A special “state of the art” repair bay was on site in Sydney, but rain and reports of leaks in the outer compartment prevented the repair operation from taking place.

Emirates says a single all new Rolls-Royce Trent-1000 engine will be on the London-Sydney route on both aircrafts.

Emirates employs more than 800 in Australia and saw an increase in its shares when it launched its Dubai-Sydney direct flight.

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