Air Canada operated the Sydney - Toronto flight with Boeing 787-9, on April 27 (record flight)
As I have said in other articles, COVID-19 pandemic pushed airlines to extreme flights. From January until now, many airlines have canceled commercial flights, but operated special flights worthy of the Book of Records. Just as our nerves were stretched to the limit in isolation, so were the limits tested for the airlines.
On 27 April Air Canada operated the Sydney - Toronto flight with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This flight is a record for the Canadian carrier, being the longest in its history. The distance of 15552 kilometers was covered without stopping in 16 hours and 19 minutes.
Air Canada operated the Sydney - Toronto flight
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Air Canada (registration number C-FPQB) took off from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), Australia, around 10:00 (00:00 UTC). After about 16 hours of non-stop flight, it landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Canada.
In the history of the Canadian company, there have been direct flights between Canada and Australia, but none rise to the performance of the one made the other day.
In 2012, Air Canada operated regular flights on the Vancouver-Sydney route. The distance between the 2 metropolises is 12.484 miles (7.776 miles). At the time, this was the longest route in Air Canada's portfolio.
Later, Air Canada took an extra step and started flying directly from Vancouver to Melbourne, another Australian city. The Vancouver - Melbourne journey stretched the distance of 13.183 km (8.192 miles), being one of the longest 20 flights in the world.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Canada has suspended many of these routes. For example, regular service from Vancouver to Melbourne has been suspended as of March 30, 2020. It will most likely resume on November 27, with the new 2020-2021 winter season. Similarly, the Toronto - Hong Kong route has been temporarily suspended from March 2 to June 23, 2020.
The Sydney - Toronto route is not part of the Canadian operator 's regular schedule, so it does not compete directly with its other services. However, the 15.552-kilometer (9.812-mile) flight is truly worthy of the Book of Records.