New Qantas 17-hour flight breaks aviation records

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The "Kangaroo Route" from Australia to Britain became a shorter hop Saturday (March 24) when the first direct passenger service left Perth for London, with the 17-hour flight set to break aviation records.

Qantas' 14,498km journey from the south-western city to London is the world's third-longest passenger flight, the Australian carrier said, and the first ever regular service to connect the two continents directly.
Captained by Lisa Norman, it will also be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.

The new link is part of Qantas' ambitious plans, unveiled over the past two years, to add ultra long-haul flights to its global schedules.

This will eventually include non-stop flights from Australia's eastern seaboard to Europe in an effort dubbed "Project Sunrise".

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce last year said such flights were "the last frontier of global aviation ... the antidote to the tyranny of distance and a revolution for air travel in Australia".

The world's second-oldest airline operated its first "Kangaroo Route" service, from Sydney to London, in 1947, when it took four days and nine stops.

Joyce called the new Perth-London service a "game-changing route". Tourism officials hope the shortened travelling time will open up Australia's less-populated west coast to more domestic and international visitors.

A key concern for the Australian airliner has been beefing up comfort levels for the ultra-long journey, with passengers set to enjoy improved air quality, lower cabin noise and reduced turbulence.

Some passengers will also wear special monitors and devices so researchers from the University of Sydney can collect data on their sleeping and activity patterns, mental state, eating patterns and hydration before, during and after their long flight, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported.

It is not the first time Qantas has undertaken a direct flight from Australia to Europe.

The carrier in 2015 flew a one-off charter service from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to Turkey's Gallipoli to mark a centenary since troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) fought there in World War I.

Qantas also flew one non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a Boeing 747.
Some of the world's longest non-stop international flights include Qatar Airways' 14,535km Doha-Auckland service, Emirates' Dubai-Auckland 14,200km service, United Airlines' 14,000km Los Angeles-Singapore journey and Qantas' 13,800km Sydney-Dallas route. - AFP

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  • ANTON Sunday, 25 March 2018 11:23 AM

    I ALSO EXPERIENCED A RECORD BREAKING TIME HERE, TWO AND HALF HOURS FROM FORT TO WATTALA.

    Ranjan Sunday, 25 March 2018 11:24 AM

    Qatar airways maintains a non stop regular flight longer than this distance,but it was not an international news

    ANTON Sunday, 25 March 2018 11:27 AM

    THIS IS NOTHING, OUR SRILANKAN AND MIHIN ALWAYS BREAK AVIATION RECORDS....... RATE OF LOOSING.

    arjuna Sunday, 25 March 2018 11:54 AM

    Hats Off. Pilot Lisa is a woman and mother !!!

    Dhammika Sunday, 25 March 2018 01:38 PM

    Congradulations - THE SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA on the longest flight .

    Lankanboy Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:27 PM

    It is not the SPRIT of AUS..my foot.. IT is the DREAMLINER that BOEING made with light weight fibers :-)

    Lankaboy Sunday, 25 March 2018 03:52 PM

    Did you see the SPRIT of AUS in SouthAfrica? thats really SHAME sprit

    Mrs.Manel Janz Sunday, 25 March 2018 03:17 PM

    SL airlines fly direct to London from BIA. This is the only airline that flies direct from SL to London. Keep it up SL airlines. Manel


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