Qantas’ first non-stop UK to Australia flight has entered service, the only direct air link between Europe and Australia.
The London to Perth route is now the fastest way of travelling between the two countries.
The history-making flight QF10, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back at Heathrow and landed in Perth 16 hours and 40 minutes later.
Operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point when choosing a flight path.
The Dreamliner is one of the cleanest and quietest aircrafts available, making it one of the fastest growing aircraft types at Heathrow, as airlines are encouraged to top the airport’s Fly Quiet league table.
Simon Eastburn, Director of Airline Business Development at Heathrow said, “We are delighted to be supporting the very first direct air link between Europe and Australia, a true milestone moment, for a hugely popular route.
We have been developing Terminal 3 to bring passengers new and exciting experiences and this new service from Qantas certainly enables that, being of real benefit to tourists, families and business travellers alike.”
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, said: “This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Europe and Australia have a direct air link.”
“The original Kangaroo Route from London to Australia was named for the nine hops it took to get there over four days back in 1947. That initial flight was a modern marvel when it started, and the journey gradually became shorter over the years. Now we can do it in a single leap.”
Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion said: “The UK and Australia already have a strong economic and cultural relationship – based on our shared histories, language, and open liberal economies.
“This historic, new direct flight opens the door to further opportunities for British and Australian businesses and will make life easier for tourists travelling between London and Perth.”