History made as direct flight from Australia to United Kingdom arrives at Heathrow

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The airline's first flight on the non-stop service to London's Heathrow airport took off from Perth on March 24 at 7 PM AT and landed at Heathrow exactly 17 hours and three minutes later at 5:03 AM BST. "It will be a game changer for the resources sector". The Dreamliner is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747, and Emily is decorated with indigenous livery based on the artwork "Yam Dreaming" by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Qantas said.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has called the inaugural flight a "gamechanger".

To keep discomfort on such a long flight to a minimum, the airline said, the plane comes with features that improve air quality and lower cabin noise.

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

A direct route between London Heathrow and Perth has become the world's second longest by distance after it opened over the weekend.

The world's first ever non-stop flight between Australia and the United Kingdom has touched down safely at London's Heathrow Airport this morning.

"Now we can do it in a single leap".

"From today it will be the first link between Australia and Europe that has ever occurred non-stop in aviation", he told reporters at a launch event.

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"Being able to connect the major financial centres directly is going to be the main theme that is going to drive the success of these flights", said Richard Johnson, Carlson Wagonlit Travel's director of its solutions group for Asia Pacific.

"The response to the flight has been awesome, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in".

For travellers coming to Perth from Melbourne, however, the total time saving for the journey to Heathrow is only about one hour.

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

Qantas worked with the University of Sydney and consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope better with jetlag.

Still, the Perth-London route will deliver a "significant boost" to Western Australia's $191 billion economy, said Chris Rodwell, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Carrying 236 passengers, the fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Qantas uses for the route has a smaller capacity than the 484 seats it has on the Airbus A380, a comparable aircraft.

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