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First direct flight from Australia to London touch down

LONDON – The first flight of a new non-stop scheduled passenger service between Australia and great Britain has landed at the Airport of London Heathrow.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas Airways, came Sunday in London a little more than 17 hours after settlement of the western Australian city of Perth.

The new link to Perth — a 14,498 kilometers (9,009 miles) journey — at around three hours faster than the routes that involve a stopover in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It is also set to shorten the travel from London to Sydney or Melbourne, in comparison with the fly via Dubai.

The route is about a quarter more than in Britain’s previous longest service — 7,275 miles (11,707 kilometers)— which fly between London and Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.

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