New direct Perth to London flights begin

New direct Perth to London flights begin

Taking off from Perth on Saturday, Qantas Flight QF9 completed the 17 hour long journey, covering a staggering 14,498km with no stoppages for the first time in history.

Leaving Sydney, it stopped in Darwin in northern Australia, Singapore, Calcutta in India, Karachi in Pakistan, Cairo in Egypt, Tripoli in Libya and, finally, London.

Previously the flight had to stop in either Singapore or the Middle East but cutting out those stopovers slashed roughly three hours from the flight time.

The flight has become the world's second longest, eclipsed only by the Qatar airways route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km.

But in April 2013, the airline announced a new partnership with United Arab Emirates-based Emirates, a change which included the carrier shifting their connecting point to the carrier's superhub in Dubai.

According to Flightradar24, a website for flight-tracking, the flight took a route over the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka, before it headed towards the UAE and flew over Iran, continued to fly over German airspace before it eventually started its approach into Heathrow. "A new era of travel and opportunities for Western Australia's economy has officially begun".

To help to reduce the discomfort of such a long flight, the plane is equipped with added features for improved air quality and noise reduction.

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"For many worldwide visitors the West Australian jewels have been off limits, not because it's been unavailable to them, but because it's been too hard to get to as there's been such a focus on the East Coast", Ciobo said to ABC News Australia.

"We have a touchdown!" wrote Twitter user Andrew Leong, who said it was "a milestone in the aviation industry".

The 17-hour flight will leave London Heathrow at 1.15pm on Sunday and arrive into Perth at 1pm the following day, with the Qantas Dreamliner then flying on to Melbourne.

Singapore Airlines Ltd expects to revive the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, from Singapore to NY, in the second half of this year after a five-year hiatus due to the new aircraft technology and lower fuel prices.

The longest nonstop commercial flight in the world is Air India's 15,140-kilometer route between Delhi and San Francisco.

The average business-class ticket from Hong Kong to NY on non-stop flights with Cathay and United costs $8,600, compared with $7,200 on one-stop options, according to Carlson Wagonlit data, with Qantas achieving a $1,600 premium to rivals on Perth-London flights.

Here are seven key facts and figures about the Perth-London flight.

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