Perth to London in 17 hours now a reality

By Meredith Bishop March 27, 2018 0

Described as a historic day for aviation by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce the first direct flight from Perth to London has landed safely on the Qantas 787 Dreamliner. Leaving from Perth the direct 17 hour flight bypassed the usual stopovers in the Middle East and South East Asia saving about three hours of flying time before landing at 5am Sunday morning.

The total distance covered was 14,484km and is the first direct connection from Australia to Europe and just 45km short of the 14,529km covered by the Qatar flight from Doha to Auckland that holds the current record for the longest route.

Nearly 750,000 tourists make the trip from Britain to Australia each year and the hope is the new route will boost interest in Australia's western city which is typically overlooked for the east coast according to Federal Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo.

There will be more opportunity than ever before for us to continue to showcase and highlight all the very best parts of Australia, including some of the most magnificent and iconic parts of Western Australia
- Steve Ciobo

Non-stop flights from Australia's east coast cities to London are expected to commence in a few years time taking the title for the longest route when they do.

What Can You Do Flying For 17 Hours

Other than fidget in your seat and wonder how long you can wait before you have to wake the stranger sitting next to you up in order to use the bathroom there is a lot you can do when you have nothing to do for 17 hours.

  • Binge watch all of the second season of Jessica Jones: 11 hours
  • Listen to the audio book version of Stephen Hawking's Brif History of Time: 7 hours
  • Watch all eight Fast & Furious movies: 16 hours
  • Read all of Hermin Melville's classic Moby Dick: 8 hours
  • Listen to the 10 most recent episodes of How Did This Get Made: 14 hours
  • Learn to knit and knit your first scarf: about 14 hours
  • Watch all four Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life movies: 6 hours

How would you fill your time, tell us in the comments

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