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.
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.
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.