‘Longreach’ for the Skies

It was the world’s longest passenger flight in distance and duration, and the science undertaken on board record-breaking Qantas flight QF7879 as part of its Project Sunrise will be vital to the future of ultra long-haul aviation. Louise Jones explores its prospects.

The factory-fresh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, VH-ZNJ (c/n 66074), parked at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 ahead of its record-breaking flight.
Alan Lippitt

Qantas’ brand-new Boeing 787-9, flight QF7879, touched down at Sydney/Kingsford Smith in the memorable time of 19hrs and 19mins after departing London/Heathrow Airport.

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