A Qantas Boeing 787-9 lands in San Francisco this previous July.

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If you happen to love flying a lot that you just’d fortunately spend nearly a whole day on a airplane, Qantas is engaged on launching simply the flight for you. On Sunday morning, Australia’s flag provider accomplished a record-breaking industrial flight when one among its Boeing 787-9s landed in Sydney at 7:42 a.m. native time after a nonstop journey from New York of 19 hours and 15 minutes.

The survey flight, the primary time the 2 cities have been linked by air in a single go, is a part of Challenge Dawn, Qantas’ effort to push the boundaries of business flying. Although Qantas is well-versed on working long-haul routes provided that Australia is way from just about in all places, connecting Sydney and Melbourne to each New York and London has up till now remained exterior the airline’s grasp.


As proven on Flightradar24, the flight’s route carried it throughout your complete US after which the Pacific Ocean.

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Flight 7879 departed New York on Friday night loaded with 222,900 kilos (101,000 kilograms) of gasoline to make the journey. For the reason that 787-9 does not have the vary to finish the 10,000-mile (16,200-kilometer) journey with a full load of passengers, the flight carried solely 50 passengers and crew and no cargo. The airliner was model new, having simply come off Boeing’s meeting line close to Seattle.

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As a part of Challenge Dawn’s purpose to restrict jet lag and make sure the well being of each passengers and crew on prolonged flights, just a few medical consultants had been on board to observe passenger sleep patterns and meals and beverage consumption. The four-member flight crew, who labored on rotation, additionally wore EEG (electroencephalogram) screens that tracked brainwaves and application.

If Qantas decides to proceed with new flights and wins the mandatory regulatory approval, it hopes to start out flying to New York and London by 2023, the airline says. However Qantas nonetheless must clear a crucial hurdle earlier than it could accomplish that: It wants a airplane that may make both route with a full load. Each the brand new Airbus A350-1000 and the yet-to-fly Boeing 777X could have the mandatory potential, however the airline has but to position any orders.

Qantas has operated a 17-hour flight from Perth to London nonstop utilizing 787s since 2016, however the New York and London flights would each turn into the longest flights on the planet, at about 19 hours every. New York passengers would save a four-hour stopover in Los Angeles, and London passengers would save a connection in Singapore.