15 (Xinhua) — Qantas completed a test flight from London to Sydney on Friday for a flight of 19 hours and 19 minutes. Executive Alan Joyce, Qantas’ chief executive, personally boarded the flight and said after disembarking: “We saw two sunrises. ”
Qantas named the test flight “Sunrise Project” to mark the company’s “double sunrise” endurance flight during World War II.
The test flight was carried out by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, captained by Helen Trenerry, a veteran female Qantas pilot. The plane was carrying 50 passengers and the remaining fuel could be used for about 1 hour and 45 minutes at the time of landing.
Qantas needs to get pilots to agree on the terms of the contract and get the consent of the Australian aviation regulator to officially open the route by 2023.
Captain Trenerry said after the flight that she would be happy to fly on Sydney-London or Sydney-New York flights, but hoped regulators would limit the number of flights per pilot to one per month because “it will be very, very long and very tired.” “
Last month, Qantas completed a test flight on a non-stop flight from New York to Sydney, which lasted 19 hours and 16 minutes.