Qantas' first flights to London with the . But spare a thought for the jet setters who took the first Qantas flight from Brisbane to London in 1.
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The trip took 1. 2 days, the flight made up to 3. The trip involved a long and complicated series of connections, transferring between a varying number of different- sized aircraft, all of which were cramped for space and would seem nightmarish to the modern traveller. Back then, the new route was regarded as a fantastic new option for speedy travel and was greeted enthusiastically by travellers whose previous options for getting to London included a six week sea voyage. Scroll down for video When Qantas began operating its first international service from Brisbane to Singapore, just ten passengers fit into the tiny De Havilland 8.
The flight took more than three days, made more than ten stops and had no cabin crew - although the co- pilot handed out sandwiches. Passengers at Archerfield aerodrome in Brisbane 1. DH8. 6 aircraft, which took more than three days to get to Singapore via more than ten stops in the Australian outback and Indonesia. Lady Edwina Mountbatten, whose husband Lord Louis was the Queen's cousin, arrives (pictured) on the inaugural Qantas flight from Brisbane to Singapore after a gruelling three- and- a- half day journey on the tiny De Havilland plane.
In 1. 93. 5, air travel from Australia to London was introduced by Qantas in partnership via a series of flights which took 1. Lady Edwina Mountbatten (pictured in her Red Cross uniform around 1. Qantas' first international flight which left Brisbane in April 1. The wife of the Queen's cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten (the couple are pictured, right, in 1. Malta where her husband was stationed. Passengers on the Empire route in 1. Brisbane to Singapore, where they connected with the British- run Imperial airways and flew via India, Pakistan, the Middle east, Iraq, Egypt, Italy and France.
On the first flights from Australia to London in 1. Qantas introduced larger planes and passengers could enjoy the relative luxury of service by stewardesses like these pictured Qantas Empire Airways, as it was then known, began operating its first international passenger service to Singapore on April 1. Queensland outback and the Northern Territory. There was no cabin crew, although the co- pilot handed handed out sandwiches and drinks and the service to Singapore was 'ridiculously cramped' due to the large amount of mail aboard the tiny De Havilland 8.
The airfare was . Qantas operated in partnership with Imperial Airways, a predecessor to British Airways, and passengers flew in the middle sector on planes operated by Indian Transcontinental Airways. The service departed from Brisbane once a week and took three and a half days just to reach the Asian city. The DH8. 6, which had a range of just 1. Charleville, Longreach and Cloncurry in Queensland.
The aircraft carried just ten passengers and its mail delivery was hailed as a breakthrough in delivering fast and regular means of communication between Britain and Australia. The inaugural flight, which was boarded in Charleville by Lady Mountbatten, who was travelling to Malta to meet her husband Lord Louis Mountbatten, the second cousin of the Queen, then a nine- year- old Princess Elizabeth. From Cairo to the neighbouring Egyptian city of Alexandria, the flight stopped on the island of Crete and over the Mediterranean to the Italian port city of Brindisi.
From there, passengers had to board a train for Paris, where they took their final flight over the Channel to London abord the relative luxury of a Handley Page 4. W Heracles which carried 3. Qantas Empire Airways started flying to Europe from Brisbane but by 1. Guilford Airport in Perth (pictured) in its Western Operations Division.
For a brief golden age from 1. Qantas flew 'flying boats' via Rose Bay in Sydney to London via South- east Asia with only one, luxury first class, but the aircraft were targeted by the Japanese air force in World War IIQantas staff model winter uniforms in 1. Kangaroo Route' on which meals were served and the travelling time from Sydney to London reduced to four days In 1. Qantas introduced its 'flying boats', a first class air service which left for London from Rose Bay in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.
Primarily designed to carry first- class air mail, the flying boats carried 1. But the cabins were no cramped, and so spacious they could be converted for sleeping accommodation at night and passengers could stroll around, chat and smoke. Speeding along at 2. London to an unbelievable nine days, but their reign was curtailed when they became targets of the Japanese air force during World War II. By 1. 94. 7, Qantas introduced its 'Kangaroo Route' and launched its first solely operated service from Sydney to London.