First non-stop flight between Australia and United Kingdom lands in Heathrow

27 March, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Gladys Mathis
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Qantas QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) from Perth to London in just over 17 hours.

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.

By contrast, a stopping flight between London and Perth via Singapore, the quickest route, would take almost 18 hours, not including time spent on the switch.

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.

But in April 2013, the airline announced a new partnership with United Arab Emirates-based Emirates, a change which included the carrier shifting their connecting point to the carrier's superhub in Dubai.

"We knew it was a very historic flight so the second it became available, we made a decision to book it".

Australian Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo touted the benefits the new flight would bring to the nation of about 25 million, both economically and touristically.

Long-distance travellers were treated to new features meant to reduce the problems associated with such a long flight.

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The history-making Qantas F10 carried more than 200 passengers and 16 crew and is the only direct air link between Europe and Australia.

The airline said 236 passengers aboard the 787-9 Dreamliner have paid A$2,270 (US$1,752) for an economy seat on a flight that does away with the usual Asian stops en route from Perth to London.

"Flight Centre definitely feels that long term the new route is viable and we will see additional services being launched from Europe to Australia in the coming years".

"Now, on touchdown in London, with the presentation of the Platinum Planet Prize, this historical new route is instantly an award-winning route", Joyce said when presented with the award.

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

"They're targeting the business community that wants a seamless journey", said Rico Merkert, professor of transport and supply-chain management at the University of Sydney's business school.

The non-stop flight is part of ambitious plans by Australian airline company Quantas to add ultra long-haul routes to its schedule.


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