The first direct flight from London to Australia takes off this weekend

 
Rebecca Smith
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Qantas' non-stop flights are ready for take off (Source: Getty)

Qantas Airways has a milestone moment looming this weekend, with the launch of its new kangaroo route - a direct flight from Perth to London.

The first flight from London will start on the 25 March, it will take 17 hours and will be the first direct commercial flight between Australia and the UK - spanning all 14,498km of the route.

The flight will leave London Heathrow at 1.15pm on Sunday and arrive into Perth at 1pm the next day, with the Qantas Dreamliner then flying onto Melbourne.

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Qantas said the new route gives passengers the choice of exploring Perth, continuing onto Melbourne or connecting to one of eleven other destinations from Perth with a same-day connection.

Qantas said current offers have a Perth economy return from £793 and a Melbourne economy return from £696.

The Qantas Dreamliner will carry 236 customers across business, premium economy and economy cabins.

When the new direct route was first announced, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said:

When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route between London and Australia in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft," he added. "Travellers from Europe have never had a direct link Down Under before, so the opportunities this opens for them to explore Australia are huge."

Qantas has previously said its ambition of delivering non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London, could be achieved within five years now Airbus and Boeing offer aircraft that are capable.

Joyce has dubbed the route "the most competitive on the globe" and it could shave three hours off flight time, allowing the airline to charge a premium.

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