Qantas Launches First Europe-Australia Nonstop Flight

Airline launches first NON-STOP flight from London to Perth – it takes 17 hours

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas Airways, made history as the first of many regularly scheduled flights to and from the continents. And for travelers heading from Perth to continental Europe, a connection in the Middle East would be more convenient, he said. The route, which took four days when it was first launched, has now been cut down to almost a sixth of that time.

Leaving Sydney, it stopped in Darwin in northern Australia, Singapore, Calcutta in India, Karachi in Pakistan, Cairo in Egypt, Tripoli in Libya and, finally, London.

Australia's first direct flight to the United Kingdom took off today from the western city of Perth, cutting flying time roughly three hours by skipping stopovers in Singapore or the Middle East, Qantas officials said.

The longest commercial journey is Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland, New Zealand to Qatar, which flies passengers over 14,500 km (9,000 miles) in almost 18 hours on Boeing 777 airliners.

The former champion, Singapore Airlines' 15,300km Singapore-New York route, was discontinued in 2013.

The previous longest service was between Heathrow and Jakarta, in Indonesia, and was 7,275 miles.

The idea of extreme long-haul travel has also prompted the company to consider new ways to tackle jet lag across multiple time zones.

The first flight non-stop flight between Australia and Europe has arrived at London Heathrow Airport.

"For many global visitors the West Australian jewels have been off limits, not because it's been unavailable to them, but because it's been too hard to get to as there's been such a focus on the East Coast", Ciobo said to ABC News Australia.

Ciobo said the new flights were an opportunity for Perth to be the new gateway to Australia.

The UK's longest non-stop regular passenger flights launch on Sunday.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: "This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel".

Qantas has so far taken delivery of four 787-9s, with the aircraft operating a daily service between Melbourne and Los Angeles since December, as well as flying domestic trunk route services - predominantly Melbourne-Perth and Melbourne-Sydney - while pilots and cabin crew build experience in operating the type.

If it is possible, Qantas will call for tenders next year, with the aircraft likely to be ready by 2022.

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