Australia’s first direct flight to Britain took off on Sunday from the western city of Perth, cutting flying time roughly three hours by skipping stopovers in Singapore or the Middle East, Qantas officials said. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / PERTH, AUSTRALI (BBC / AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION) – After 17 hours in the air, the first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday (March 25).
The Qantas flight, operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, covered a distance of more than 9-thousand miles and is the world’s second-longest flight after a Qatar Airways service between Doha and Auckland, New Zealand.
The airline plans to introduce non-stop flights from Australia’s east coast to Britain in the next few years.