Australia and London are to be connected in a historical way as the first non-stop flight between the two countries takes place today.
Taking off from Heathrow, the flight departed at 1:15pm, and will arrive in Perth the following day at 1pm.
The Qantas Airways flight is the first commercial flight between the UK and Australia.
But how long does the flight take?
The flight will take 17 hours, much quicker than the current 22 hours that travellers are subject to, with the journey being just under 15,000km.
Australia to London’s inaugural non-stop flight left yesterday, and today at 5:05am. It will then return to Perth today to complete the route.
Thankfully ticket prices aren’t much more expensive than current flights, with the current price for the inaugural flight just £1,135.
The very first person to check in for the historic flight Tom Allett, 54, said: “I’m very pleased to be here and I feel very privileged to be taking part in this little bit of history.
“I am going on business and it’s a massive advantage to be going non-stop.”
Husband and wife Stuart, 75 and Jennifer, 77 Binks, were going to visit their son Nicholas and their three grandchildren. Mr Binks said: “My wife does not like flying – particularly going up and coming down – so to have to do each just once is absolutely fantastic.”
Australia is fast becoming a popular destination with Britons who are looking for a holiday with the guaranteed good weather where the locals speak English.
Data from flight comparison website Skyscanner has found that Britons heading to Austria has increased by six per cent year on year.
Hayley Shearer, Growth Manager at Skyscanner commented: “Looking through our flight data from the millions of travellers who use our site, we can see that routes to Perth have increased in popularity over the last year, with the London Heathrow to Perth route already seeing a staggering 35 per cent increase in traffic.
“It might surprise some travellers that this non-stop route is more affordable than they think. Prices start from just £761 return if travelling in June.”
It isn’t the longest flight, however; a Qatar Airways just beats the inaugural flight.
Whilst London to Perth is 9,008 miles, Doha to Auckland is 9,028 miles.
But what is the difference between a direct and a non-stop flight?
Whilst they sound similar, the slight difference could mean a much longer flight time without realising.
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