In what can be said as a historic moment in aviation history Australian airline Qantas is testing the world’s longest commercial flight. The flight which would be on a 20 hour non-stop journey took from New York yesterday.
Nearly ready to make aviation history. @Qantas non stop research flight QF7879 from #JFK to #Sydney is now only hours from beginning it’s epic journey. @sunriseon7 @kochie_online pic.twitter.com/Cqm3LHf6aY— Ch7 Sunrise Cameraman | Billy Foster Photography (@BillyFosterPics) October 18, 2019
The flight is a part of Qantas “Project Sunrise” during which a non-stop 20 hour-long flight from New York to Sydney would cover astonishing 16,000 kilometers in its path.
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Instead of passengers 40 crew members are on board in Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a team of researchers from Sydney Univesity to monitor the effects of such long flight on crew members.
Qantas’s test would break the Singapore Airlines’ record of a 19-hour direct flight from Newark to Singapore which is a regular on the latter’s schedule.