- national carrier
- jet lag
- commercial flight
- commercially viable
Qantas tests nonstop 19 1/2-hour flight
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia's national carrier Qantas successfully completed a 19 1/2-hour nonstop flight from London to Sydney on Nov. 15. It was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultralong-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jet lag.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London's Heathrow Airport on the morning of Nov. 14 and touched down at Sydney Airport at 12:30 p.m. the next day.
The 17,800-kilometer journey was part of a project toward Qantas' goal to operate regular, nonstop commercial flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York.
A final decision on whether the ultralong-haul flights will be commercially viable is expected by the end of the year. The service could launch by 2022.