Qantas to test longest non-stop commercial flight from NY to Sydney

Andrew Weber
October 18, 2019 - 1:55 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – This weekend, a Qantas aircraft will undertake the longest non-stop commercial flight in history, flying from New York to Sydney.

The flight will take just under 20 hours in a Qantas Boeing Dreamliner and leaves Friday night from New York, getting to Sydney Sunday morning.

No airline has ever connected the two cities, on opposite sides of the world, without stopping.

The journey is part of a continuing series of tests which would allow Qantas to connect Australia with far away destinations all over the globe without stopping.

Fifty passengers and crew will be aboard for the maiden flight.

Scientists and medical researchers will be monitoring the conditions of everyone on board, to test the impact of the unprecedentedly long flight.

The Australian and International Pilots Association advocates for keeping a careful eye over people spending such a long time in the sky uninterrupted.

AIPA safety and technical director Captain Shane Loney said, “Qantas is proposing to fly some of the longest routes in the world, and what we need is a scientific long-term study into the impacts on crew so we can make sure ULR (ultra-long range) flying is as safe as we and the airline can make it,” according to Fairfax.

“For customers, the key will be minimizing jet lag and creating an environment where they are looking forward to a restful, enjoyable flight, said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce when the flight was announced in August.

Another flight to New York and a flight to London will serve as further tests for the ultra-long flights.

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