First ever non-stop flight from Australia lands in London

Gladys Abbott
March 26, 2018

The QF9 flight carrying 200 passengers took off from Perth at 7 p.m. local time on Saturday (11 a.m. GMT) and is due to land in London at 5 a.m. GMT on Sunday.

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.

Qatar Airways Flight 921 is the longest commercial journey in the world, flying passengers over 14,529km from New Zealand to Qatar in almost 18 hours on Boeing 777 planes. The 14,484-km route is part of the airline's ambitious plans to connect Europe with airports on Australia's eastern seaboard as new, more efficient aircraft become available.

The new flight goes from Perth, in the west of Australia, and arrives in the United Kingdom three hours faster than routes which stop at hubs in the Middle East.

The Boeing 787-9 is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747.

The group's chief executive Alan Joyce said it was "a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel".

The carrier in 2015 flew a one-off charter service from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to Turkey's Gallipoli to mark a centenary since troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) fought there in World War I.

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Passengers will be on board the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for 17 hours as they make the 9,009-mile journey.

"From today it will be the first link between Australia and Europe that has ever occurred non-stop in aviation", he told reporters at a launch event.

To keep discomfort on such a long flight to a minimum, the airline said, the plane comes with features that improve air quality and lower cabin noise.

The new link is three hours quicker than routes which stop in the Middle East to refuel.

The route between Australia and London was originally dubbed the "kangaroo route" for the seven stops it made over four days in 1947.

Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

United's 787s also connect Houston in the southern USA to Australia, crossing 13,800km in around 17 and a half hours.

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