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Aviation history made with first non-stop passenger plane between Heathrow and Australia

Credit: Qantas

Qantas’ first Perth to London flight has landed at Heathrow, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of travelling between the two continents.

The history-making QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, took off just before 7pm on Saturday evening and landed in London at 5am this morning, a 17 hour flight.

Credit: Qantas

The UK's longest non-stop regular passenger flight, a 9,226 -mile journey, will set off back for Perth at 1.15pm on Sunday.

No cliche was forgotten in the arrival lounge

Western Australia's premier, Mark McGowan, was among more than 200 passengers to arrive on the flight.

He tweeted a picture of the Australian delegation of politicians and officials, the flight's pilots and a didgeridoo player in Aboriginal dress and body paint at the terminal.