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​PICTURES: Qantas makes history as Perth inaugural lands in London

The first-ever nonstop scheduled passenger flight between Australia and the UK touched down this morning at London Heathrow after completing the 17h sector from Perth.

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The inaugural service, Qantas flight QF9, was operated by the airline’s latest Boeing 787-9 which is adorned with special Indigenous artwork created by Balarinji (VH-ZND). It arrived at Heathrow at 05:03 local time today with 16 crew and more than 200 passengers on board (above) after a 17h 3min flight.

The history-making service pushed back in Perth just before 19:00 local time on Saturday evening (below).

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“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,” says Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce, who was on board the flight (pictured below).

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“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,” Joyce adds.

The inaugural flight was crewed by four pilots: Capts Lisa Norman and Jeff Foote, first officer Dave Summergreene and second officer Troy Lane.

The QF9 daily flight begins in Melbourne with a stop in Perth before the nonstop leg to London. The return flight QF10 will depart Heathrow for Perth at 13:30 local time today.

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The airline says the Perth-London sector length of 7,837nm (14,498km) makes QF9 the third longest commercial flight currently, and the longest operated by a 787. It adds that the flight operates with around 92t (or 110,000l) of fuel.

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