Qantas challenges Airbus and Boeing to enable the airline to fly nonstop from Sydney and Melbourne to London

MASCOT, Australia - Qantas says it will be ready to fly passengers directly from Sydney and Melbourne to London, as well as Sydney to New York non-stop, by the end of the year. The airline’s CEO Alan Joyce says he has challenged plane manufacturers to build a plane capable of a 21-hour journey and now believes there is an aircraft capable of the task, reports James Hall for News.com.au.

Qantas challenges Airbus and Boeing to enable the airline to fly nonstop from Sydney and Melbourne to London
Qantas challenges Airbus and Boeing to enable the airline to fly nonstop from Sydney and Melbourne to London
MASCOT, Australia - Qantas says it will be ready to fly passengers directly from Sydney and Melbourne to London, as well as Sydney to New York non-stop, by the end of the year. The airline’s CEO Alan Joyce says he has challenged plane manufacturers to build a plane capable of a 21-hour journey and now believes there is an aircraft capable of the task, reports James Hall for News.com.au.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

April 30, 2019-Flying from Sydney or Melbourne nonstop would be one heck of a long-haul, but Qantas says it will be ready to make the flight next year and will be able to traverse the nearly 17,000 kilometers (10,500 miles) without a pit stop. Last year, Quantas connected Perth, on the west coast of the country to London directly, which is a 17 hour flight. A flight from Sydney tacks on an additional four hours of flying time. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told a crowd at an Amazon Web Services summit that he believes "there’s an aircraft capable of doing that."

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