PERTH: Qantas on Saturday launched the first non-stop passenger service linking Australia and Europe, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner departing Perth for London on one of the longest flights in the world.
The service makes Qantas one among a handful of airlines that operate on such long-distance intercontinental routes.
*Here are some of the world's longest flights:*
Qatar Airways Flight 921 is currently the longest commercial journey in the world, flying passengers over 14,500 km (9,000 miles) from New Zealand to Qatar in nearly 18 hours on Boeing 777 airliners.
Auckland is also the origin of Emirates Flight 449, with Airbus A380 superjumbos travelling 14,200 km in 17 and a half hours to Dubai.
The new Qantas service is the first regular link between Australia and Europe, with the airline's Boeing 787 planes connecting Perth and London in just over 17 hours. The 14,500-km route is part of the airline's ambitious plans to eventually connect Europe with airports on Australia's eastern seaboard as new, more efficient aircraft become available. - APP/AFP