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.
Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce is betting he can make money from the daily service to London by stripping excess weight from a Boeing Co.
After 17 hours in the air, almost 90 minutes less than the world's longest, the inaugural non-stop flight from Perth to Heathrow and back has touched down. Now we can do it in a single leap, ' Mr Joyce said.
He said the Qantas had also challenged Airbus and Boeing to produce an aircraft capable of flying direct to Heathrow and NY from Sydney and Melbourne.
This is 24% further than the UK's existing longest route, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta (7,275 miles).
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"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 CEO Alan Joyce has called the inaugural flight a "gamechanger". "It's great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world". The historic journey for the Australian airline is the first to connect the two continents of Australia and Europe directly, and is one of the longest commercial flights in the world.
Among the jet-lag-fighting features are the seats, designed with more space, better pressurization and humidity, technology to reduce turbulence, and windows that are up to 65-percent larger than those on conventional aircraft.
Flight QF9 flew over the Indian Ocean, where it traversed India's southern tip, then passed Oman, Iran, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Belgium before landing at London's Heathrow Airport. Qantas analysed a decade of seasonal wind patterns in preparation for the new service.
According to the statement, the flight is the third longest commercial flight now in operation and the world's longest Dreamliner flight.
Could you believe that in 1947 the route between Australia and London took four days and the flight included seven stops?