Qantas Airways, an Australian airline that has in its repertoire some of the longest available flights on Earth, broke new ground in October with a flight from New York to Sydney that lasted nearly 20 hours.
Qantas flight 7879 departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at 9:27 pm on Friday, October 18th and landed at Sydney International Airport a whopping 19 hours and 17 minutes later at 7:42 am on Sunday, October 20th.
That’s right, passengers on this flight technically spent their entire Saturday in the air!
The extreme duration of this flight set the previously-established record of 18 hours and 30 minutes, which is the scheduled time of Singapore Airlines’ scheduled flight from Newark Liberty Airport to Singapore.
Qantas ran this flight as a test using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and still hasn’t decided if it will regularly offer this marathon flight as part of its schedule. However, the successful completion of this ultra-long-haul flight offers up new possibilities for flights from America’s East Coast to Oceania.
What’s even more amazing is that Qantas has plans to test a flight from London to Sydney in the coming months, which is about 500 miles longer and would take up to an hour more!
Could you survive on a flight as long as this?