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Leading airlines mull South America to Asia route via Australia

Perth AirportSeveral of the world’s top airlines are looking at the viability of launching flight routes from South America to Asia with a midway stopover in Australia. The Western Australia capital city of Perth would be an integral point in any Asia to South America connection.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, China Southern Airlines and now Norwegian Air have all won the rights to the route. Airbus and Boeing have also investigated the plausibility of how aircraft could be adapted to fly the southern tri-continental route.

Norwegian Air Argentina has got the green light for Buenos Aires to Perth flights and is currently trying to get the nod for the add-on to Singapore. The route would be the ideal match for Norwegian’s recently inaugurated London to Buenos Aires services.

Diego Berazategui is the Argentina Chamber of Commerce chief for Australia and recently visited Perth. He told meeting attendees the flight time between Buenos Aires and Perth would only be 15 hours.

He carried on by saying the launch of flights would lead to Perth becoming an important transit point and port-of-call for business travellers and tourists. He emphasised the transcontinental link was sure to bring many extra visitors from South America and Asia.

Boeing 777s and 787s and Airbus A350s have the capability of flying from Argentina to Australia. Feasibility studies show the winds of Antarctica could be utilised to shorten flight duration and reduce fuel consumption.

The optimum outbound route from Buenos Aires is east and then south of Cape Town. From Perth, flights would continue east and over New Zealand before heading across the South Pacific to Chile and Argentina.



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