The first ever NON-STOP passenger flight from Australia to Britain lands after a record 17 hours in the air: Qantas 787 Dreamliner makes history on 9,000m journey that used to take TWELVE DAYS

History was made when the first Qantas non-stop flight from Perth Airport to Londonlanded on Sunday morning at Heathrow following its departure on Saturday night.

The journey was a gruelling 17 hours and 20 minutes but it landed triumphantly at 5.10am after travelling the historical 9,000 miles.

After a direct flight from Perth to London

The plane used for the long haul was the revamped Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the the Boeing 747.

The  aircraft boasts of a number of advantages over other models, including lower cabin noise, larger windows, improved air quality and technology to reduce turbulence.

Passengers onboard were delighted to take part of the historic ride, sharing photos of the specially crafted menu, complimentary amenity bags and the self serve pantry, that’s loaded with free treats and drinks.

The flight is 24 per cent further than the UK’s previous longest route, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta, and was a measly 7,275 miles in comparison.

The inaugural trip took off with more than 200 passengers and 16 crew members, as those onboard began the journey with a round of applause.

The plane has 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats.

Self proclaimed ‘aviation geek’ Wayne Kwong rode in economy for the 17 hour flight and shared several photos on his social media detailing his journey.

He shared photos of the menu, writing: ‘Specially designed meals for this ultra longhaul flight. Tasty, filling but not heavy on your stomach! Well done.’

There was a main meal, mid-flight, morning bakery and breakfast menus, as well as a free-for-all snack cabinet passengers could access throughout the flight for treats.

Not everything was smooth sailing as the flight experienced some turbulence from Cyclone Marcus.

Dinner offerings included, cheese ravioli with leek and mushroom cream sauce; and chicken with red rice and roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

There was also free Wifi on the flight, so passengers could make the most of detailing every moment of their trip.

Most passengers were concerned they wouldn’t be able to walk or feel their behinds after spending more than half a day glued to their seats.

Others drew on their experiences of flying for 12 hours as cause to never subject themselves to 17 hours on a plane. While some were mostly upset that the non-stop flight meant no cigarettes.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was aboard the flight and addressed the media describing the flight as a major milestone for Australia, as well as global aviation.

Mr Joyce said the flight was off to a great start and the successful journey had kicked off a new era in travelling with the flight path eliminating stopovers.


To ensure there are more long direct flights from Australia, Mr Joyce said Qantas needs to show that the plan will be economically beneficial.

‘The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap,’ Mr Joyce said.

‘This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link.’

Mr Joyce said the flight has received a lot of attention since it was first announced.

The inaugural trip took off to a round of applause and landed with another round of applause as people made history on this first ever event.

‘The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.’

QF9 is operated by four pilots across the journey, with one or two pilots resting at any one time.

The hstoric flight into London flew from Australia non-stop in 17 hours and 6 minutes

On board Saturday night was one female pilot, Captain Lisa Norman. About 6 per cent of Qantas pilots are female and globally it is three per cent, a Qantas representative told Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Joyce said a huge amount of work had gone into optimising the experience for customers taking the trip.

‘This is hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky.

‘Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to reduce jetlag, turbulence and noise. We’ve taken that a step further with our cabin design, giving passengers more space in every class as well as bigger entertainment screens and more personal storage.

The trip marks the beginning of the fastest way to travel from Australia to Europe.

‘We’ve worked with the University of Sydney and our consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope better with jetlag and adjusted the timing of when we serve food to encourage sleep.’

Qantas will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for the non-stop route, with 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats.

Aviation consultant John Strickland said the launch of the flights is a significant moment for the airline industry. He told the Press Association: ‘It will be a further test of how successful airlines can be with ultra long haul flying and whether this delivers sufficient profitability to justify the investment in aircraft.

‘Qantas will certainly be hoping to attract a higher proportion of premium customers due to the speed advantage combined with the 787’s better cabin atmosphere.’


  1. The flight will follow different flight paths depending on the best winds, helping the aircraft fly faster and more efficiently. Qantas analysed a decade of seasonal wind patterns in preparation for the new service
  2. At 14,498km, QF9 is the third longest commercial flight currently in operation. It is the world’s longest Dreamliner flight
  3. QF9 will carry around 92 tonnes or 110,000 litres of fuel with the Dreamliner burning approximately 20 per cent less than traditional aircraft its size
  4. With a total seat count of 236 passengers, the Qantas Dreamliner has significantly fewer seats than many other airlines who have configured the same aircraft to carry more than 300 passengers
  5. There are more than 21,000 individual items loaded onto the aircraft for each flight between Perth and London including 330 peppermint tea bags and hundreds of chocolate biscuits


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