TOP IMAGEQF9 gets ready for take off at Perth Air

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first_imgTOP IMAGE:QF9 gets ready for take off at Perth Airport Saturday 24 March 2018 Journalist Natalie Richards, writing in The West Australian yesterday (Sunday 25 March 2018), has turned in one of the first reviews – What it was like to make history – from a passenger onboard Qantas QF9, the inaugural Perth-London non-stop flight.Qantas chose its newest Dreamliner ‘Emily’ to operate the inaugural service, which features a striking livery by Balarinji based on the artwork Yam Dreaming by Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The initiative is part of the national carrier’s commitment to promoting the best of Australia to the world.The history-making Boeing 787-9 Flight QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 7pm on Saturday evening and landed in London at 5am [local time] yesterday – a non stop journey of 17 hours.QF9 is greeted on arrival @ London HeathrowQantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who was one of the passengers on the inaugural flight, described it as a major milestone for Australia as well as global aviation.“This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link.“The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap.“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.”Mr Joyce said a huge amount of work had gone into improving the experience for customers taking the 17-hour journey.“This is hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky.“Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to reduce jetlag, turbulence and noise. We’ve taken that a step further with our cabin design, giving passengers more space in every class as well as bigger entertainment screens and more personal storage.“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney and our consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope better with jetlag and adjusted the timing of when we serve food to encourage sleep.”Alan Joyce & Neil PerryThe daily QF9 begins in Melbourne, flying to Perth before then flying non-stop to London. Qantas has adjusted the timing of some domestic services into Perth so that passengers from Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane can join the flight to London.The first flight coincided with the opening of the airline’s new Perth International Transit Lounge, featuring jetlag reducing lighting as well as pre-flight stretching classes, and relocating all of the airline’s domestic and international flights into a single terminal at Perth Airport for faster, smoother connections.Mr Joyce added: “I’d like to specially recognise the support and cooperation of the Federal Government, the West Australian Government and Perth Airport. Without their help this flight, and all its broader benefits, wouldn’t be happening.”Arriving in LondonQantas customers can choose from three routes between Australia and London – the direct Perth-London service on the Dreamliner; a reinstated Sydney-Singapore-London service on the A380; and via Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to London via Dubai with partner Emirates on mix of A380 and 777 aircraft. airlinesairportsKanagaroo RoutelondonPerthqantaslast_img

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