First direct flight from Australia to United Kingdom lands at London's Heathrow

Qantas Philip Capps and David Caon

However, late a year ago, Qantas made the decision to move back to Changi as their deal with Emirates expired, bringing thousands more passengers annually through the Southeast Asian airport.

The new long-haul route is created to attract first of all lucrative corporate travelers who can save several hours by avoiding a stop-off, but it will definitely popular among tourists as well since Australia is becoming an attractive destination for Britons.

According to Flightradar24, a website for flight-tracking, the flight took a route over the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka, before it headed towards the UAE and flew over Iran, continued to fly over German airspace before it eventually started its approach into Heathrow.

The inaugural non-stop flight QF9 took off from Perth at 7pm local time on Saturday, 24th March, and has landed in London at 5 am GMT on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the debut flight, he said the earliest Qantas routes between Australia and the United Kingdom - known as the "kangaroo route" - had taken four days and involved seven stops.

"This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel", he said.

Qantas chairman Alan Joyce said the Australian airline had been preparing for this first direct nonstop flight ever since the airline was founded in 1921.

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"From today it will be the first link between Australia and Europe that has ever occurred non-stop in aviation", he told reporters at a launch event. Now we can do it in a single leap, ' Mr Joyce said.

"The response to the flight has been unbelievable, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in".

Four pilots are on board for the full journey, with at least one or two resting at any one time.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline had challenged Airbus and Boeing to produce an aircraft capable of flying direct to Heathrow and NY from Sydney and Melbourne. Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to reduce jetlag, turbulence and noise.

Still, the Perth-London route will deliver a "significant boost" to Western Australia's $191 billion economy, said Chris Rodwell, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mena Rawlings, Britain's high commissioner to Australia, called the new service a "game changer".

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