History in 17 hours for non-stop Qantas flight

History in 17 hours for non-stop Qantas flight

History in 17 hours for non-stop Qantas flight

The historic Qantas flight QF9, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with more than 230 passengers and crew on board, touched down at 5.03 a.m., at Heathrow, reports the Guardian.

"The convenience and appeal of non-stop travel can not be underestimated", he said.

With a stopover somewhere in the Middle East or Asia like Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore, the flight time from Perth to London is usually around 20 to 21 hours - which is a long time when you're cramped down the back in Economy.

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

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

It is hoped that these kinds of services will encourage more people to travel to the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, with the Western Australian government keen to attract more tourists to the region.

Most of the new ultra-long routes are flown once a day on jets with fewer than half the number of seats as A380 superjumbos and an upsized business class. Fears they would threaten the business model of hub carriers like Emirates and Qatar Airways have so far proven overblown.

But 17 hours is still a long time in the air.

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

Its head of aviation, Justin Penny, said: "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".

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

Qantas flight 9 from Perth, capital of Western Australia, landed at Heathrow after flying over the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, the southern tip of India, Oman, the UAE, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

A direct route between London Heathrow and Perth has become the world's second longest by distance after it opened over the weekend.

Convenience is also expected to be a drawcard, given passengers fly to Perth then embark on their long-haul journey from the same airport.

The longest commercial flight now available can be taken between New Zealand and Qatar at 17 hours and 40 minutes, according to CNBC.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce is betting he can make money from the daily service to London by stripping excess weight from a Boeing Co.

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