Seven facts about Qantas's breakthrough flight from Perth to London

Seven facts about Qantas's breakthrough flight from Perth to London

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said it was a "historic day for aviation", adding he was really excited.

Qantas completed the first direct flight between Perth and London on 25 March, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe. Peter Robinson, a builder from the United Kingdom, told The Independent he found the food "ordinary", even if the flight was quicker than he expected. Additionally, a codeshare agreement between the two airlines allowed travelers double the previous number of possible flights to get from London to Australia, along with cutting up the flight into two shorter chunks.

The non-stop journey stands in stark contrast to the original flights by Australia's national carrier to the UK.

When the flight finally touched down at 05:05 am GMT, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was presented with the anna.aero Platinum Planet Prize, recognising the world's first ever non-stop route from Australia to Europe.

Mr Joyce said the flight has received a lot of attention since it was first announced.

The UK's longest non-stop regular passenger flights launch on Sunday. "It's great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world".

For travellers heading to Perth from Melbourne, however, the total time saved for the journey to Heathrow is only about one hour.

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Ground staff greet QF9 at Heathrow airport, London, after its history-making 17-hour flight from Perth.

On board Saturday night was one female pilot, Captain Lisa Norman.

Turbulence-sensing technology smooths out the ride while various solutions reduce cabin noise. We've taken that a step further with our cabin design, giving passengers more space in every class as well as bigger entertainment screens and more personal storage.

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".

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.

The service was suspended to cut costs, however the airline says there are plans to reopen the route, using the ultra-long range version of the Airbus A350.

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