Qantas completes first-ever nonstop flight connecting New York and Sydney

CNET | 10/19/2019 | Kent German
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A Qantas Boeing 787-9 lands in San Francisco this past July.

If you love flying so much that you'd happily spend almost an entire day on a plane, Qantas is working on launching just the flight for you. On Sunday morning, Australia's flag carrier completed a record-breaking commercial flight when one of its Boeing 787-9s landed in Sydney at 7:42 a.m. local time after a nonstop journey from New York of 19 hours and 15 minutes.

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The survey flight, the first time the two cities have been connected by air in one go, is part of Project Sunrise, Qantas' effort to push the limits of commercial flying. Though Qantas is well-versed on operating long-haul routes given that Australia is far from pretty much everywhere, connecting Sydney and Melbourne to both New York and London has up until now remained outside the airline's grasp.

As shown on Flightradar24, the flight's route carried it across the entire US and then the Pacific Ocean.

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Flight 7879 departed New York on Friday evening loaded with 222,900 pounds (101,000 kilograms) of fuel to make the journey. Since the 787-9 doesn't have the range to complete the 10,000-mile (16,200-kilometer) journey with a full load of passengers, the flight carried only 50 passengers and crew and no...
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