Qantas Flight Lands In Sydney And Sets World Record For Commercial Flight
A new record has been set for the world's longest commercial non-stop flight from London to Sydney has landed safely, after a huge 19 hour and 19 minute flight - in which they saw two sunrises.The
The Qantas aircraft has set the long-distance record for a passenger flight. It left London at 6am on Thursday and landed in Sydney at 12.28pm on Friday.
Still having enough fuel left for about an hour and 45 minutes of flight, the test gave passengers the unique experience of seeing two sunrises in one flight - one in Europe and one in Asia.
The airliner had a capacity for 250 people, but the Dreamliner carried just 50 - mostly Qantas staff and journalists. The Boeing 787-9 aeroplane was testing the flight to see what effect it would have on humans, so that they know whether it could be manageable for future crew and passengers.
It's considering pushing the boundaries of its long haul services.Those on board the flight saw their first sunrise on the right of the plane as it headed north-east after taking off from London and then the second to its left when flying over Indonesia.
The 'ultra-haul' venture, named 'Project Sunrise' after double sunrise endurance flights that the aircraft ran during World War Two.
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Before takeoff, pilots and staff were asked to provide research date - this included activity monitoring, sleep diaries, monitoring of melatonin levels and cognitive testing.
They also wanted to check to what level they would need to staff the flight - management will need to decide on the crew mix, so whether they need one captain, one first officer and two second officers - or if more experience was needed.
Captain Helen Trenerry, who led the test flight said she'd definitely do the flight again, but they need to ensure it's properly regulated, saying: "They will be very, very long flights and fatiguing over the long term."
Qantas chairman Richard Goyder has said that London to Sydney flight was an extension of the airlines history in helping Australia to keep connected with the rest of the world.
In a statement, Mr Goyder said: "Qantas is a national icon because it's been such a big part of Australian life for so long.
"Our founders talked about overcoming the tyranny of distance and through the years we've moved from bi-planes, to single wing, to jets to help bring things closer."
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