Qantas celebrated its inaugural direct flight from Australia to Europe, touching down at London Heathrow Airport after following a 17-hour journey.
This marks a crucial milestone in the carrier’s plans to become a go-to for ultra-long haul flights, one which CEO Alan Joyce hails as a game changing moment.
“This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel,” he said. “For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link.”
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Joyce added: “The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.”