The Longest Commercial Flight In The World Is About To Get Even Longer
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September 21, 2019 - by James Asquith
Commercial aviation has progressed phenomenally over the last 60 years. From the Jumbo Jet in the 1960s that facilitated mass transportation over long distances to Concorde which paved the way for supersonic air travel.
The final frontier in aviation is often looked at as direct commercial flights between Sydney and London, clocking in at 19 hours direct flying time on the reverse leg—the only problem is that the plane hasn't (quite) been built yet.
Qantas have appropriately named the direct flights on the 'Kangaroo route' (the term for the very lucrative Sydney to London connection) as 'Project Sunrise'.
The airline is due to make a decision by the end of 2019 whether the go with an ultra long range iteration of Boeing's 777x or Airbus' A350.
The A350 is already flying ultra long range routes but the Sydney to London and New York direct flights will require a few efficiency moderations to make the flights economical, that clock in at 17,800km and 16,200 respectively.
London to Australia direct flights have been...
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