Two Historic Flights Took Off This Week

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This has been a pretty big week for aviation in terms of firsts. I’ve written about both of these routes before they actually launched, but now that both flights have taken off, I thought it would be fun to look at them one more time.

Arguably the most interesting new route of 2018 operated for the first time yesterday (Saturday, March 24, 2018). Qantas 9 operated from Perth to London nonstop, which is noteworthy since this is the world’s first ever scheduled commercial flight operating nonstop from Australia to Europe.

The flight is being operated daily using a Boeing 787-9, and covers a distance of 9,010 miles. This makes it the world’s second longest flight, as Auckland to Doha on Qatar Airways covers a distance of 9,032 miles, so it’s just a hair longer.