Time to load up your iPad and charge your noise-cancelling headphones -- Qantas has announced the launch of non-stop flights between Perth and London, a direct route that will take 17 hours.
Launching in March 2018, the airline says it will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe.
Qantas has been upping its air-time in recent years, launching direct flights between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth in May 2011, the longest 747 flight in the world at the time. But the Perth-London leg will beat out the Sydney-Dallas route when it launches, and will be the third-longest passenger flight in the world (as well as the longest on Qantas' network).
"When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop," said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
"This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge."
Qantas will fly the 787-9 Dreamliner from Perth to London, carrying 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. The company also says the aircraft offers a range of improved features to help make the long flying time more bearable, including lower cabin noise, improved air quality and technology to reduce turbulence.