Qantas' historic non-stop London to Sydney test flight lands

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Qantas' marathon experimental non-stop flight from London to Sydney has landed after just over 19 hours in the air.

With only 40 passengers and crew reportedly on board, the latest flight is a dry run for the airline's plans for commercial routes direct from Australia to Europe and the United States east coast.

Both the London and New York flights are part of Qantas's "Project Sunrise" with the gal of introducing direct Sydney-London and Sydney-New York return services by 2022.

"An order could follow into early next year", he told reporters.

"We'd like to make this a daily occurance, both from Sydney to New York, Melbourne to New York, Melbourne and Sydney to London as well, eventually".

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London's Heathrow Airport Thursday morning and touched down at Sydney Airport 45 minutes behind schedule at 12:30 p.m. Friday. They took part in experiments to improve the experience of a long flight.

Those on board were mostly Qantas employees fitted with monitors to track sleep patterns, food and drink intake, lighting and physical movement.

After the flight on Friday she told reporters she would "absolutely" do the flight again but "I don't know about often".

"These are test flights to show the regulator, and to make sure that Qantas is convinced we can do them safely", the airline's CEO, Alan Joyce, said on the eve of the flight.

Mark Sedgwick, the president of the Australian and International Pilots Association representing Qantas pilots, said more research would be needed to inform broader fatigue-management plans.

Last month, the carrier conducted a * a href="*/stories/226880" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *non-stop flight between NY and Sydney in a similar time however covered a shorter distance.

The high-profile debate has spurred increasing numbers of environmentally conscious travellers and investors, putting pressure on the aviation industry.

Qantas said it was looking to cap net emissions at 2020 levels and will invest A$50 million ($34.3 million) over 10 years to develop sustainable fuel to help lower carbon emissions by 80% compared with traditional jet fuel.

Australia's national carrier is not only the world's oldest continually operating airline, but it also started operating to New Zealand in 1940, the same year Air New Zealand's forerunner, Teal, started.

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