The Anonymous Widower

Qantas Completes Test Of Longest Non-Stop Passenger Flight

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could affect pilots, crew and passengers.

The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a 16,200-km (10,066-mile) route.

The article also says that they will be running a test flight between London and Sydney next month.

I can’t help thinking about a joke I first heard in the 1980s.

The United States Secret Service had got hold of a very long range Boeing 747SP and used to put the suspect in the plane and fly them around the world.

As they fed them standard airline food all the way, the suspect always cracked and they got the information they wanted.

October 20, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,


  1. The test flight carried 49, I assume that was crew+pax. The 787-9 is designed to carry 242 to 330 passengers. I wonder if, with a full load of pax +luggage & crew etc, that a similar performance can be obtained? Time will tell.

    Comment by mauricegreed | October 21, 2019 | Reply

    • Someone who knew what they were talking about said on the radio that the test flight and others will give them the data they need to calculate performance will a full load. Given the amount of mathematical modelling, I’ve done in the last fifty-five years, I would agree!

      Comment by AnonW | October 21, 2019 | Reply

      • Don’t know if I like the idea of being stuck inside a flying cigar tube for 19hours though.

        Comment by mauricegreed | October 22, 2019

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