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First direct flight from Australia to London lands

Associated Press

London – The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular passenger service between Australia and Britain has touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas' 787 Dreamliner takes off on its inaugural flight from Perth to London on March 24, 2018.
Qantas' 14,498 kilometre (9,009-mile) journey from the southwestern city to London is the world's third-longest passenger flight, the Australian carrier said, and the first ever regular service to connect the two continents directly.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas Airways, arrived Sunday in London just over 17 hours after setting off from the western Australian city of Perth.

The new link with Perth – a 14,498-kilometer (9,009-mile) journey – is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It is also set to shorten journeys from London to Sydney or Melbourne, compared with flying via Dubai.

The route is about a quarter more than Britain’s previous longest service – 7,275 miles – which was flying between London and Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.