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Qantas launched first non-stop Australia-Europe

Almost 15,000km in 17 hours and 20 minutes

On arrival at London-Heathrow at 05:05 yesterday, Qantas was presented with the “Platinum Planet Prize”, an award recognising the world’s first-ever non-stop route from Australia to Europe. The historic new direct service, between Perth and London-Heathrow, takes 17 hours and 20 minutes, and covers a distance of 14,499 kilometres (all distances are calculated by using OAG Analyser – the world’s most comprehensive airline schedules database).

While Qantas has been serving Heathrow since the 1940s, this is the first time that the carrier has been able to link the far-flung continents without any kind of refuelling stop en-route.

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