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 First direct London to WA flight arrives
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 07:53 AM

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First direct London to WA flight arrives
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The first group of travellers to fly non-stop to Perth from London have arrived in the West Australian capital looking more refreshed than usual after a long-haul journey.

The 17-hour Qantas Dreamliner service is now the fastest way to travel to Australia from Europe and is the airline's longest flight at 14,498km.

The aircraft made its maiden voyage from Perth on Saturday and left from London on Sunday.

The travellers were greeted with an Aboriginal welcome to country and given a pack including a toy quokka and sunscreen.

They've also been offered a free trip to Rottnest Island, which the WA government has been spruiking hard as it looks to tourism to boost the ailing economy.

Meanwhile, Qantas has challenged Airbus and Boeing to produce an aircraft capable of flying direct from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York.

If both can do it, the airline will call for tenders next year and place an order, with the aircraft likely to be ready by 2022.

Anything would be better than stopping at Dubai

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