Australia UK: First non stop flight arrives in London from
Australia-UK: First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth
Rtv online desk
| 25 Mar 2018, 00:00 | Update : 25 Mar 2018, 18:21
The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday.
Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours.
The airline is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747. Reports BBC.
It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.
The Australian flag carrier's Chief Executive, Alan Joyce, has called the new Perth-London service a ‘game-changing route’.
Speaking at an event ahead of the inaugural flight, he said the earliest Qantas flights between Australia and the UK - known as the ‘kangaroo route’ - had taken four days and involved seven stops.
Western Australia's state government is also hoping to see an increase in tourist numbers as a result of the new direct route.
The historic flight, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 18:49 local time on Saturday.
To minimize the discomfort of such a long flight, the plane is equipped with features that provide improved air quality and lower cabin noise.
The new Perth-London flight is around three hours faster than other routes that involve stops in the Middle East to change planes or refuel.
The flight is the world's second-longest after Qatar Airways' route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.
In 2017, United Airlines launched a route from Los Angeles to Singapore, offering the longest-distance non-stop flight available from the US.
But Singapore Airlines has provided the world's longest flight, travelling more than 15,300km from Singapore to New York on a direct route that was discontinued in 2013.