A Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner land at Sydney, Australia, Sunday, October 20, after 19 hours and 16 minutes from New York (United States), announces the Australian company Qantas (in English). So this is a new record and the long, nonstop volume of the story. The longest flight with New York and Singapore was launched in 2018 by Singapore Airlines, which lasts around 18:30 according to the company’s website.
This experimental flight QF7879 is the first of three long-haul flights planned by the Australian company Qantas this year. It will also test a direct between London and Sydney and plans to create regular commercial lines on these long journeys. Upon arrival, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce hailed a « truly historic moment », both for his company and for the aviation world as a whole.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off Friday night from New York’s JFK Airport was carrying only 49 people, mostly Qantas employees. The weight in the cabin was thus reduced, which allowed boarding a sufficient quantity of fuel for the 16 000 km of the trip. According to the Flightradar24.com site, the aircraft weighed 233 tonnes on takeoff, including 101 tonnes of kerosene.
Tonight’s #QF7879 route from New York to Sydney, tracking a bit north of the great circle path. @Qantas’ 1st #ProjectSunrise test flight is scheduled to depart at 21:00 ET (01:00 UTC) on the 16,000 km journey.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 18, 2019