Don’t ever doubt the demand for direct Dreamliner flights because according to the Flying Kangaroo’s boss, there’s plenty of it and there’s expectations it’s going to be a “very, very strong route”.

What gives Alan Joyce the confidence to use a double ‘very’? The Qantas Group CEO told media it’s the positive public response for the Perth-London service and the forward bookings, which are “really strong”.

Although Joyce wouldn’t disclose exactly how many people have booked on the airline’s direct 787 service to Europe, the airline did reveal earlier this year that all Business and Premium Economy seats on the inaugural flight sold out within 24 hours.

Image: Perth Airport

Image: Perth Airport

Joyce continued, saying early bookings have been higher than expected and the result of strong sales will be evident in the Group’s 2017/18 financial results, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“So we’re actually very optimistic about that service, it’s actually performing at, or ahead of, our expectations and we think it’s going to be a very, very strong route.”

Alan Joyce, Qantas Group Chief Executive

Speaking at the opening of the airline’s first ever lounge at Heathrow Airport (oh, you haven’t seen the London lounge? Click here to check it out) Joyce also revealed some of the weirdest requests the carrier has received from lounge guests in its near 100-year history.

The airline said someone once asked staff for a plate of “really small diced up vegetables raw” and another asked for “a burger that was burnt but extra burnt”.


Perhaps one that’ll make you gag a little, is the customer that requested a blended burger and chips, like a smoothie.

Alrighty then.

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