Proj Sunrise update
QANTAS completed its third and final Project Sunrise trial flight, from New York to Sydney yesterday, amid speculation the airline is planning a direct route to Frankfurt, Germany.
However, the airline has played down reports it is planning to launch direct flights from the east coast of Australia to Paris and Frankfurt, telling Travel Daily its focus remained on non-stop services to London and New York.
Yesterday’s trial coincided with the 116th anniversary of the first ever flight, achieved by the Wright brothers for a total time of 59 seconds.
QF’s flight took 19 hours and 31 minutes, slightly longer than the first trial of the route (TD 21 Oct).
Having named the Airbus A3501000 as its preferred aircraft to operate non-stop services from the east coast of Australia to London and New York (TD
13 Dec), yesterday’s trial was conducted using the airline’s newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner.