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Qantas enters history books with first Oz to London flight

Qantas DreamlinerQantas entered the annals of history at the weekend with an inaugural direct flight from Australia to London. The first ever non-stop commercial airline service from the city of Perth in Western Australia to London Heathrow Airport took 17 hours, 6 minutes.

Flight QF9 departed from Perth at 18:57 Australia time for its epic 9,000-mile voyage to the other side of the world. Arrival time at Heathrow was a couple of minutes after 05:00. A total of 230-plus crew, passengers and VIP guests were on board for the landmark voyage.

One of the quartet of flight captains aboard, Lisa Norman, told passengers the marathon flight had garnered QF9 a place in history. She said the experience was like magic and passengers could be sure the whole world had been celebrating the flight’s progress.

The journey aboard QF9 was uneventful apart from a little turbulence. Just before arrival at Heathrow, CEO Alan Joyce thanked passengers and crew for joining Qantas in making history.

The Qantas service from Australia is not only a first for the UK but a first for Europe too. Air industry professionals have described the launch of commercial flights between the two continents as a game-changer.

Qantas’s management have hinted Perth has broken the barrier and could eventually lead to direct Sydney to London flights. Qantas utilised a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 for the flight. Qantas has previously claimed the Dreamliner is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other aeroplanes in the same size range.

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