Tour operator’s guests part of first non-stop flight between Darwin and UK
Twenty Titan travellers are set to make aviation history as they travel back to the UK on the first temporary non-stop flight from Darwin, Australia to the United Kingdom.
In a statement, the operator said: “Due to transit restrictions in Singapore following the ongoing covid-19 outbreak, Qantas will temporarily operate its flagship A380 Sydney to London service via Darwin. After refuelling, QF1 will depart from Darwin International Airport (DRW) and complete the 8,614 mile (13,863km) non-stop journey to London Heathrow (LHR) in nearly 17 hours (16 hours 45 minutes).
“The second leg of the QF1 flight to London Heathrow was due to depart Darwin International Airport at 23:00 local time (13:30 GMT) on Tuesday March 24, with a scheduled arrival of 06:15 (GMT) on Wednesday March 25 at London Heathrow, Terminal 3.
“The arrival of the historic QF1 Darwin to London Heathrow flight on Wednesday March 25 comes exactly two years after QF9 made history on March 25 2018 when it completed the first ever non-stop flight from Perth, Australia to the United Kingdom.”
Andy Squirrell, Managing Director, Titan Travel, comments “Our team continues to work around the clock to get all Titan customers across the world home safely as quickly as possible amid the ongoing covid-19 outbreak. Whilst we are sorry for having to cut short a number of our tours we continue to act in accordance with government guidance to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers is not compromised.
“It is uplifting to hear that our customers returning home from Titan’s Grand Tour of Australia will be forming part of aviation history by travelling on the first temporary non-stop flight from Darwin to London Heathrow. We wish all our customers and everyone else who has had to cut their travels short due to COVID-19 a safe flight home. We look forward to welcoming travellers back on a Titan holiday once normal travel resumes.”