How the Boeing 787 turned the dream of flying Australia to Europe non-stop into reality

The first Dreamliner for Qantas has entered service with the type set to enable the airline to achieve a long-held aspiration, as Chris Frame explained in the January 2018 issue of Aviation News.

Qantas Boeing 787
Qantas’ first 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNA.
Bernard Proctor

When the first Qantas-branded Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down at Sydney Airport on October 20 last year (2017), the carrier had much to celebrate. The arrival of this first aircraft, VH-ZNA, marked the highlight of the its Dreamliner journey, which began in 2005. Amid much fanfare, the 236-seat airliner was proudly towed into the company’s Sydney Jet Base for an official welcome ceremony, an activity that has been performed many times over the years when the Australian carrier has introduced new aircraft types.

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