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Qantas Project Sunrise: the 3rd test flight operated by Dreamliner

Qantas operated a direct flight between New York and Sydney, the third test for its Project Sunrise being operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – while if the project is finally launched, it will be in Airbus A350-1000.

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Australian national airline flight QF7879 between New York-JFK airport and its base at Sydney-Kingsford Smith arrived in Australia on December 18, 2019, after 19 hours and 31 minutes of flight (15 minutes longer than the first in October). The brand new Boeing 787-9, registered VH-ZNK and christened Gangurru, had left Everett Friday in the direction of Los Angeles before joining New York; it weighed 230 tonnes at takeoff, Qantas said.

The three test flights of the Oneworld alliance company to Sydney, two from New York and one via London, are designed to collect scientific data on fatigue and other medical effects of crews but also passengers, before the launch of the Project Sunrise of ultra-long-haul flights from airports on the east coast of Australia. Paris, New York, London, Cape Town or Rio de Janeiro have already been named as potential targets, a list to which Frankfurt has recently been added.

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Launched by Qantas in August 2017 for 2022, the project included a call for tenders to Airbus and Boeing to provide a 300-seat, four-class aircraft capable of operating these routes without refueling. She announced last week that she had chosen the Airbus A350-1000 at the expense of the Boeing 777-8 with the possibility of ordering twelve copies (a version with additional tanks but apparently not ULR), while insisting that this order will only be placed if the project is deemed viable – and especially if it gets the green light from the Australian regulator CASA and the seafarers’ unions. A final decision is expected in March 2020, Airbus has postponed until this period a possible agreement on the delivery dates.

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