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First direct Australia-Europe passenger service takes off

The “Kangaroo Route” from Australia to Britain became a shorter hop Saturday when the first direct passenger service left Perth for London, with the 17-hour flight set to break aviation records. Qantas’ 14,498 kilometre (9,009-mile) journey from the southwestern city to London is the world’s third-longest passenger flight, the Australian carrier said, and the first ever…