>> After 17 hours in the air, the first scheduled nonstop flight between Australia and the UK touched down at London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday. The jet took off from the western city of Perth, cutting flying time roughly three hours, by skipping stopovers in Singapore or the Middle East.
The Qantas flight operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dream Liner covered a distance of more than 9,000 miles and is the world’s second longest flight after a Qatar Airways service between Doha and Auckland New Zealand. Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce has labeled the flight a game changer. The airline plans to introduce non-stop flights from Australia's east coast to Britain in the next few years.