QF7879 flight operated by Qantas, on the London - Sydney route, in figures

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After the latest performances, I admire Qantas more and more. The Australian air carrier is working on another level of ambition and performance. He operated 2 very long test flights, which are part of the Sunrise project. We're talking about flights here New York - Sydney and London - Sydney.

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There were 2 very long flights, which lasted over 19 hours. They had a limited number of passengers on board. The flights were operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, a plane that is not designed to operate such flights on a regular basis. But Qantas trusted this model and pushed it beyond the specification.

Flight information London - Sydney

But in this article I will focus on QF7879 flight London - Sydney and present some interesting information.

  • The distance from London to Sydney is 17.800 kilometers (11.000 miles).
  • The flight duration was 19 hours and 19 minutes, a time conditioned by air currents. Normally, the journey time from London to Sydney via Singapore is about 22 hours and 35 minutes.
  • The flight was operated by the Boeing 787-9, special livery "Qantas Centenary", VH-ZNJ registration, called "Longreach".
  • 4 pilots piloted by rotation. In the cockpit were 2 additional pilots, who took the plane from the United States to London.
  • The aircraft departed from Heathrow-London International Airport and flew over 11 countries: England, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia, crossed the Australian coast near Darwin and landed on Sydney. .
  • The aircraft took off with 126 000 liters of fuel. At landing, Boeing 787-9 aircraft had 7500 liters of kerosene, the equivalent of 100 minutes of flight.
  • The maximum take-off weight for an 787-9 is 254 000 kg. Boeing 787-9, which took off on a direct flight from London to Sydney, had 233 000 kg.
  • It flew on average with 930 of miles per hour. The cruise altitude started at 35000ft and, with the fall in fuel burns, the plane climbed to 40000ft.

Next is the 3 test flight, which will also be on the New York - Sydney route. I'm curious what it will bring in addition to the previous flight. I'll come back with details!

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