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After a seventeen-hour, 9,009-mile journey in the skies, the maiden flight of a new regular passenger services between Australia and Britain touched down at Heathrow, reports USA Today.

Qantas says it will be offering probiotic shots and kombucha for digestion and grains and green veg for hydration as a way of combatting jet lag for passengers. Australia's first direct flight to the United Kingdom took off today from Perth.

The airline unveiled plans for the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, for the "last frontier of global aviation", back in August previous year.

The QF9 daily flight begins in Melbourne with a stop in Perth before the nonstop leg to London.

The flight takes 17 hours, that's a massive leap since the original so-called Kangaroo route in the 1940's that saw the flight stop at seven stopovers, taking four days.

"The introduction of Perth-London services is quite a game-changer, for Qantas, for Qantas customers, for our people and also for the networks that we serve", he said.

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To ensure there are more long direct flights from Australia, Mr Joyce said Qantas needs to show that the plan will be economically beneficial.

"The response to the flight has been awesome, both for the attention it's received since we announced it and the bookings we've seen coming in". Photograph: David Munk for the GuardianAfter touchdown Captain Lisa Norman, who was one of four working pilots on board, said: "I would like to welcome you to the history book of aviation".

Joyce said a lot of work had gone into creating an experience that would help passengers cope with a 17-hour flight. Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to reduce jetlag, turbulence and noise.

Qantas flight 9 from Perth, capital of Western Australia, landed at Heathrow after flying over the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, the southern tip of India, Oman, the UAE, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. An airline spokesman said there were markets for both types of flights with price, timing and connections among the factors.

Aviation consultant John Strickland has told the Evening Standard: "It will be a further test of how successful airlines can be with ultra-long-haul flying and whether this delivers sufficient profitability to justify the investment in aircraft".

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