Qantas makes history with 17-hour Australia-Europe flight

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Qantas' inaugural service between the Australian city of Perth and Heathrow will touch down in west London at 5.05am on Sunday before departing for the return trip at 1.15pm that afternoon. With meals including salad of cumin spiced beef with courgette, cheese ravioli, or chicken with red rice and roasted Mediterranean vegetables each menu helps to maintain hydration and aids sleep.

However, late past year, Qantas made the decision to move back to Changi as their deal with Emirates expired, bringing thousands more passengers annually through the Southeast Asian airport. Peter Robinson, a builder from the United Kingdom, told The Independent he found the food "ordinary", even if the flight was quicker than he expected.

It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was aboard the flight and addressed the media describing the flight as a major milestone for Australia, as well as global aviation.

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.

American Express Global Business Travel said bookings on all types of flights from Singapore to San Francisco rose 12 percent previous year, 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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Irishman Alan Joyce, the chief executive of Qantas, was onboard the flight.

"Now we can do it in a single leap". 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 response to the flight has been wonderful, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in".

'This is hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been specially fitted out for the inaugural Perth-London flight, reducing the capacity of the plane to 236 business, premium economy and economy seats to give more leg room.

"We're extremely happy with the way customers are responding to the aircraft", Philip Capps, head of customer product and service development, told Australian Aviation on Friday.

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