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Qantas launches first direct flight from Australia to London

Qantas launches first direct flight from Australia to London

Aboard the flight, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the carrier was interested in making Paris the next destination it services non-stop, having been granted regulatory approval to fly to the French capital daily from Perth.

Travel firm Flight Centre has recorded "high demand" for the new Qantas flights.

The first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to the United Kingdom has landed in London - early - after a 17 hour, six minute journey across 9,240 miles (14,875km) from Perth.

According to the International Air Transport Association, the flight QF9 is world's second-longest after Qatar Airways' route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km.

"From today it will be the first link between Australia and Europe that has ever occurred non-stop in aviation", he told reporters at a launch event. This was the first ever commercial passenger jet journey direct between Australia and Europe.

She said: 'To have the opportunity to get on a plane at Heathrow and step out in Perth is just phenomenally exciting and I'm sure we are going to see lots and lots of people taking advantage of that'.

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The flight is also expected boost tourism on Western Australia's less populated western coast - which is often neglected by tourists as it can be more hard to travel to than the east.

The route is about a quarter more than Britain's previous longest service - 7,275 miles (11,707 kilometers)- which was flying between London and Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It was airlines plan to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

The Qantas flight of 14,498 kilometers from Perth, southwest Australia to London, is the third longest passenger flight in history and the first for a regular and direct flight linking the two continents.

The total distance was 14,875 km from Perth.

It arrived at Heathrow at 05:03 local time today with 16 crew and more than 200 passengers on board (above) after a 17h 3min flight.

After a very long flight it had touched down at Heathrow.

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