New Perth to London flight lands in UK

New Perth to London flight lands in UK

New Perth to London flight lands in UK

Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours.

Mena Rawlings, Britain's high commissioner to Australia, described the new service as a "game-changer".

However, late previous year, Qantas made the decision to move back to Changi as their deal with Emirates expired, bringing thousands more passengers annually through the Southeast Asian airport.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce with West Australian Premier Mark McGowan. Doha to Auckland with Qatar Airlines and LA to Singapore are longer, at 18 hours and 20 minutes and 17 hours, 55 minutes respectively.

This is 24% further than the UK's existing longest route, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta (7,275 miles).

The daily QF9 begins in Melbourne, flying to Perth before then flying non-stop to London.

The flight takes 17 hours, that's a massive leap since the original so-called Kangaroo route in the 1940's that saw the flight stop at seven stopovers, taking four days.

Alan said: "This is the antidote to the tyranny of distance and a revolution for air travel in Australia".

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But key industry figures are buoyed by the new direct flight and the prospect of more to come, with Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown saying the facility had plenty of capacity for more routes.

On the flight were over 220 people, majority were paying passengers and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce also was one of the first people to ever fly non-stop from Australia to Great Britain.

Four pilots are on board for the full journey, with at least one or two resting at any one time.

Qantas staff wave Australian and British flags at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after landing at Heathrow Airport on March 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Turbulence-sensing technology smooths out the ride while various solutions reduce cabin noise.

'We've worked with the University of Sydney and our consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope better with jetlag and adjusted the timing of when we serve food to encourage sleep'. An airline spokesman said there were markets for both types of flights with price, timing and connections among the factors.

The service was suspended to cut costs, however the airline says there are plans to reopen the route, using the ultra-long range version of the Airbus A350.

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