From Australia to the United Kingdom, in 17 Hours (and 2 Minutes)

Ready for take-off: Qantas launches first non-stop flight between Europe and Australia

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas Airways, made history as the first of many regularly scheduled flights to and from the continents.

American Express Global Business Travel said bookings on all types of flights from Singapore to San Francisco rose 12 percent past year, with Singapore Airlines and United now offering non-stop service on the route in competition with one-stop rivals like Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp. That's why the route was originally named the "kangaroo route".

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.

At 14,498km, QF9 is the third longest commercial flight now in operation.

The Western Australia government is hoping the new route will open up more tourism to the west of the country.

The number of ultra-long haul flights - those over 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 kilometres) - has almost tripled to 19 over the last decade, according to travel data provider OAG, as smaller, fuel-efficient twin-engine planes like Boeing Co's 787 and Airbus SE's A350 have entered service.

"For the first time, Europe and Australia have a direct air link, so instead of travelling through Asia or the Middle East, visitors can start their holiday in WA".

Qantas plans to introduce non-stop flights from Australia's east coast to Britain in the next few years.

"We've recently announced the reconfiguration of the A380, there will be many elements of that which will be aligned with the Dreamliner so it means that we know that we've done things that are working well with customers and now we are going to continue to roll those our across the rest of the global fleet". We like to use our own experience but then work with Neil Perry who knows food, beverage and service like no other.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce is betting he can make money from the daily service to London by stripping excess weight from a Boeing Co.

The Qantas 9 flight touched down at Heathrow's Terminal Three at 5.02am at the end of a historic journey that begun in Perth yesterday.

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.

It also supports financial-services firms such as Hartleys Ltd., whose Perth-based director of corporate finance Steve Kite is booked on Sunday's flight to London for just a four-day trip.

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