First non-stop Australia-Britain flight lands after 17 hours

The Qantas flight is among the longest by any aircraft in the world

The Dreamliner is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747, and Emily is decorated with indigenous livery based on the artwork "Yam Dreaming" by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Qantas said.

The first non-stop flight between Australia and the United Kingdom has left Perth and is due to land in London on Sunday.

Chief Executive Alan Joyce, described the journey as a "game-changer".

Qantas said its 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. The 14,500-km route is part of the airline's ambitious plans to eventually connect Europe with airports on Australia's eastern seaboard as new, more efficient aircraft become available.

The former champion, Singapore Airlines' 15,300km Singapore-New York route, was discontinued in 2013.

The Western Australia government is hoping the new route will open up more tourism to the west of the country.

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A key concern for the Australian airliner has been beefing up comfort levels for the ultra-long journey, with passengers enjoying improved air quality, lower cabin noise and reduced turbulence.

They wore special monitors and devices that also recorded data about their mental state, eating patterns and hydration levels.

"We have a touchdown!" wrote Twitter user Andrew Leong, who said it was "a milestone in the aviation industry".

"It is an historic day for Western Australia; an historic for aviation; an historic day Qantas - it is the best service that Qantas has ever put in the air".

In 2017, United Airlines launched a route from Los Angeles to Singapore, offering the longest-distance non-stop flight available from the US.

Captained by Lisa Norman, it was also longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world and the first ever direct service between the continents.

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