FV News: The first direct flight from Australia to UK

March 25, 2018 - PERTH, Western Australia

The first non-stop flight from Perth (Western Australia) to London (United Kingdom) launched by Qantas has landed at Heathrow just over 17 hours, at 5am on Sunday, March 25, 2018, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe - and the fastest way of traveling between the two countries. It was operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (below), nicknamed "Emily" after its livery by Balarinji based on the artwork "Yam Dreaming" by Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The QF9 flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path. The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947; now the QF9 flight can do it in a single leap. Qantas customers now can choose from three routes between Australia and London – the direct Perth-London service on the Dreamliner; a reinstated Sydney-Singapore-London service on the A380; and via Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to London via Dubai with partner Emirates on mix of A380 and 777 aircraft.

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