Qantas sets sights on world’s long­est route

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

has am­bi­tions to launch the world’s long­est com­mer­cial flight within the next five years, with non-stop ser­vices from the east coast of Aus­tralia to Lon­don and New York.

A non-stop flight be­tween Sydney and Lon­don would take 20 hours and 20 min­utes – al­most three hours longer than the world’s cur­rent long­est com­mer­cial flight: Qatar Air­ways’ Doha-Auck­land ser­vice.

Cur­rently, no air­craft has the ca­pa­bil­ity to make this jour­ney, how­ever Qantas hopes that by an­nounc­ing its in­ten­tions it has “is­sued a chal­lenge” to man­u­fac­tur­ers Air­bus and Boe­ing to suc­cess­fully ex­tend the range of new air­craft by 2022.

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