First ever non-stop flight from Australia lands in London

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The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner left the capital of Western Australia as Qantas flight 9, ready to take on the over 17-hour, 9,010-mile flight to the British capital city.

Mena Rawlings, Britain's high commissioner to Australia, described the new service as a "game-changer".

Passengers were greeted with complimentary amenity bags, which included a sleeping mask, ear buds, a Qantas fleece blanket and a toothbrush.

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

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.

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.

Here are seven key facts and figures about the Perth-London flight.

Qantas completed the first direct flight between Perth and London on 25th March, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe.

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Irishman Alan Joyce, the chief executive of Qantas, was onboard the flight. "Now we can do it in a single leap", Joyce said.

It becomes the first regularly scheduled nonstop commercial airline service connecting Australia and Europe.

The historic flight, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 18:49 local time on Saturday. "It's great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world".

After touchdown Captain Lisa Norman, who was one of four working pilots on board, said: "I would like to welcome you to the history book of aviation".

Turbulence-sensing technology smooths out the ride while various solutions reduce cabin noise.

It also has a customised menu to help travellers cope with jetlag, including a bedtime drink of hot chocolate.

Andrew McGinnes, a spokesman for Qantas in Sydney, said bookings on the new route "have been strong" and corporate clients in eastern Australia have indicated they'll stop in Perth for meetings on their way to London. An airline spokesman said there were markets for both types of flights with price, timing and connections among the factors.

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