Qantas to fly nonstop from Perth to London

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Australia's flag carrier Qantas is set to offer a nonstop flight service from Perth to London using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Slated to commence in March 2018, the 14,498-kilometer flight is said to be the first commercial flight service that directly connects Australia with Europe.

"When Qantas first introduced the Kangaroo Route from Sydney to London in 1947, the trip took four days and nine stops. The upcoming nonstop flight from Perth will only take 17 hours," said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce in a press release on Wednesday.

Joyce said that the airline would pay most attention to passenger comfort during the 17-hour flight. "When we design the interior of the 787 fleet, we want to make sure all passengers will feel comfortable during the long-haul flight, such as providing more comfortable Economy and Business class seats. We also redesigned our inflight service to help ease jetlag."

Tickets for the Perth-London flight will be sold starting from April 2017. The Boeing 787-9 aircraft is said to be able to accommodate 236 passengers in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class seats.