CEO Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Group, who was one of the passengers on the inaugural flight, described it as a major milestone for Australia as well as global aviation.
The two flight routes include QF10, which departs from London Heathrow at 13:15, arriving into Perth at 13:00 the next day and QF9, departing from Perth at 18:45 and arriving to London Heathrow at 05:05 the next day (all times local).
The new Qantas Dreamliner flight is to allow British visitors to travel to Australia after around 17 hours, three to five hours less than it does currently when transiting via the Middle East or Asia. Qantas revealed that the new route also gives passengers the choice of exploring Perth, continuing onto Melbourne, or connecting to one of 11 other destinations from Perth with a same-day connection. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route carries 236 passengers across business, premium economy and economy cabins.