Qantas launches first direct flight from Australia to London

26 March, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Qantas Philip Capps and David Caon

It is the second longest route in operation in the world after a 14,529km trip from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand, run by Qatar Airways.

Qantas plans to introduce non-stop flights from Australia's east coast to Britain in the next few years.

The flight marked a "historic day for aviation", said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Qantas is using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the usual Boeing 747.

The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the United Kingdom has touched down in London's Heathrow Airport, the BBC News reported on Sunday.

The old "Kangaroo Route" Sydney to London 70 years ago had seven stops and took four days.

Mr Joyce added: "I'd like to specially recognise the support and cooperation of the Federal Government, the West Australian Government and Perth Airport".


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

The new link with Perth - a 14,498-kilometer (9,009-mile) journey - is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel.

Some of the passengers had agreed to wear special monitors to record their sleeping patterns, eating habits and mental state, with the data being shared with researchers from the University of Sydney.

The new Qantas service is the first regular link between Australia and Europe, with the airline's Boeing 787 planes connecting Perth and London in just over 17 hours.

A Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at Heathrow Airport marking the first ever non-stop flight between the two countries.

The flight is also expected boost tourism on Western Australia's less populated western coast - which is often neglected by tourists as it can be more hard to travel to than the east.

In 2017, United Airlines launched a route from Los Angeles to Singapore, offering the longest-distance non-stop flight available from the US.

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