Qantas flightThe world’s first non-stop flight from the UK to Australia took off on Sunday on a journey of 14,498km.

The brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, carrying up to 236 passengers, spent just under 17 hours in the air, flying at an average speed of 538mph — before landing in Perth, Western Australia, at lunchtime on March 26.

Qantas, Australia’s national carrier, will now operate daily non-stop flights from London to Perth. With an enhanced cabin design, the Dreamliner also features turbulence dampening technology, improved air quality to reduce jetlag and 65% larger windows to give passengers an increased sense of space.

The aircraft offers 42 Business Class ‘Suites’, 28 Premium Economy seats and 166 Economy seats. Return Qantas Economy seats from Perth start from £793 per person.

What used to take four days and seven stops in 1947 now takes a single hop, with the service transporting Brits to Australia’s sunniest city in just 17 hours.

Return Economy seats start from £793 per person for travel between October 23 and December 5. 

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