The Australian Qantas Airlines is testing very long distance flights


The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney. It’s a 16,200-km (10,066-mile) route. “This is a really historic moment for Qantas, a really historic moment for Australian aviation and a really historic moment for world aviation,” Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce, who took the flight, said after landing. “The flight was very successful from two components – the first one was research,” Qantas Captain Sean Golding said. 

The crew after first test flight landed

Possibly next month, the company plans to test a non-stop flight from London to Sydney. The service for general public will start operating in 2022 or 2023. o give the plane sufficient fuel range to avoid re-fuelling, the Qantas flight took off with maximum fuel, restricted baggage load and no cargo. Some other things will be different. As an exemple, passengers will be served a high-carbohydrate meal and the lights inside the cabin will be dimmed to encourage them to sleep. The impact of crossing so many time zones on people’s bodies will be studied and pilots brain waves will be monitored before a such service will be launched. At this time, a near 19 hours flight of Singapore Airlines, from Singapore to New York, is the world’s longest regular commercial flight.


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