First non-stop Oz to United Kingdom flight lands

First non-stop Oz to United Kingdom flight lands

First non-stop Oz to United Kingdom flight lands

It took the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner just over 17 hours to complete the 9,226-mile trip and it made it ahead of the estimated time of arrival of 5.10am. Tasty, filling but not heavy on your stomach!

"Being able to connect the major financial centres directly is going to be the main theme that is going to drive the success of these flights", said Richard Johnson, Carlson Wagonlit Travel's director of its solutions group for Asia Pacific.

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.

Those arriving in London in the early hours following their historic flight shared images of the welcome they received at Heathrow Airport.

Menus for the flights between Perth and London have been created to maintain hydration, aid sleep and reduce jetlag and include poke bowls as well as home style comfort food.

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

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The new flight - the longest now operated by an Australian carrier and also the longest flight into or out of the United Kingdom - represents a new chapter in the airline's services to Europe. Mr Joyce hailed the new route as a "game changer". "It's great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world".

For travellers coming to Perth from Melbourne, however, the total time saving for the journey to Heathrow is only about one hour. Qantas' CEO Alan Joyce says the airline has combatted this by putting "hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky".

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

To boost passenger comfort, Qantas said it has designed a menu that includes "poke bowls as well as home style comfort food" which "helps the body cope better with jetlag".

The launch of the flights is a significant moment for the airline industry since it can have a significant impact on the preferences of passengers.

"We're extremely happy with the way customers are responding to the aircraft", Philip Capps, head of customer product and service development, told Australian Aviation on Friday.

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