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.
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."
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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