Qantas makes history as Perth inaugural lands in London

The coffee bar at the Qantas lounge

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.

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.

As well as varying cabin pressure and the introduction of mood lighting, Qantas is teaming up with Sydney University to measure passenger sleep and movement onboard.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce expressed his excitement about the flight when the airline first announced it, the latest iteration of the fabled Kangaroo Route, a common term for flights from Australia to the United Kingdom via the Eastern Hemisphere.

At 14,498km, QF9 is the third longest commercial flight now in operation.

The first ever non-stop flight from Australia has landed in London.

The new route to London doesn't mean Qantas is ending their long-haul ambitions, as Qantas considers restarting flights to Paris and other European airports like Frankfurt if the route to London proves to be successful, which it is, according to CEO Joyce.

American Express Global Business Travel said bookings on all types of flights from Singapore to San Francisco rose 12 percent a year ago, with Singapore Airlines and United now offering non-stop service on the route in competition with one-stop rivals like Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp.

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

Qantas chairman Alan Joyce said the Australian airline had been preparing for this first direct nonstop flight ever since the airline was founded in 1921.

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

The airline said 236 passengers aboard the 787-9 Dreamliner have paid A$2,270 (US$1,752) for an economy seat on a flight that does away with the usual Asian stops en route from Perth to London.

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

The launch of the flights is a significant moment for the airline industry since it can have a significant impact on the preferences of passengers.

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

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