First direct flight from Australia to United Kingdom lands at London's Heathrow

First direct flight from Australia to United Kingdom lands at London's Heathrow

On the flight were over 220 people, majority were paying passengers and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce also was one of the first people to ever fly non-stop from Australia to Great Britain. The history-making QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 7pm on Saturday evening and landed in London at 5am on Sunday.

"The introduction of Perth-London services is quite a game-changer, for Qantas, for Qantas customers, for our people and also for the networks that we serve", he said.

After 17 hours in the air, almost 90 minutes less than the world's longest, the inaugural non-stop flight from Perth to Heathrow and back has touched down. "Now we can do it in a single leap", Joyce said.

Passengers on this route have the chance to experience Qantas' new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, delivered to the airline recently.

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According to Flightradar24, a website for flight-tracking, the flight took a route over the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka, before it headed towards the UAE and flew over Iran, continued to fly over German airspace before it eventually started its approach into Heathrow.

Anyone who's flown from the United Kingdom to Australia or vice versa will tell you how agonisingly long the flight is.

'The response to the flight has been fantastic, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in. Qantas' CEO Alan Joyce says the airline has combatted this by putting "hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky".

Those arriving in London in the early hours following their historic flight shared images of the welcome they received at Heathrow Airport.

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For travellers heading to Perth from Melbourne, however, the total time saved for the journey to Heathrow is only about one hour.

The aircraft boasts a number of advantages over other models, including lower cabin noise, larger windows, improved air quality and technology to reduce turbulence.

"Flight Centre definitely feels that long term the new route is viable and we will see additional services being launched from Europe to Australia in the coming years". Qantas analysed a decade of seasonal wind patterns in preparation for the new service.

The long haul across oceans and continents was made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner called Emily.

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Could you believe that in 1947 the route between Australia and London took four days and the flight included seven stops?

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