Between New York and Sydney – 16 thousand kilometers. Flights between megacities located at the maximum distance from each other are made with a transfer. According to TASS, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of the Australian airline Qantas made its first non-stop flight on this route yesterday.
The carrier’s release notes that the plane successfully landed in Sydney after a training flight lasting 19 hours 16 minutes. The wide-body aircraft was not even half full – there were 49 passengers and crew.
During the flight, a number of experiments were carried out, the results of which will evaluate the well-being of people on board. For example, pilots measured brain activity and reaction rate, and passengers had to perform a series of physical exercises.
“Studies will help in the future to draw up a list of crew members and develop customer service standards for long-distance flights,” Qantas said in a statement.
In August, the airline announced that it plans to launch extra-long flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York. The new routes should be part of the Sunrise-Qantas project, which will open up a number of new destinations for flights to Australian cities.