The first non-stop flight from Australia to the United Kingdom has landed

The first ever non-stop flight from Australia to the UK has taken off — and you can track it here

Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of favourable winds.

The landing marked the first commercial passenger jet journey direct between Australia and Europe and has been described as a "game-changer" by some in the aviation industry.

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. The 14,484-km route is part of the airline's ambitious plans to connect Europe with airports on Australia's eastern seaboard as new, more efficient aircraft become available.

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.

One man, who said he and his partner fly from Australia every year to visit family in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, said the trip "flew by".

As well as varying cabin pressure and the introduction of mood lighting, Qantas is teaming up with Sydney University to measure passenger sleep and movement onboard.


It means the old route time, which involved stopping off in Singapore or the Middle East, has been cut by around three hours.

It is the world's second-longest flight after a Qatar Airways service between Doha and Auckland that covers 9,028 miles, or just 19 miles more than the stretch from Perth to London.

Qantas says its must prove the financial viability of its historic non-stop Perth to London service before the airline adds new destinations to its fledgling ultra-long haul network.

Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

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 airline unveiled plans for the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, for the "last frontier of global aviation", back in August previous year.

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