QF7879 flight operated by Qantas, on the route New York - Sydney, presented in figures
On 18 October 2019, QF7879 flight departed from New York to Sydney. It was a historic flight between the 2 destinations, for the first time being operated directly, without a stopover. The 16200 kilometer distance was covered in 19 hours and 16 minutes by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Qantas. The plane landed in Sydney on 20 October, at 7: 43.
QF7879 flight is part of a series of 3 test flights for the Qantas Sunrise project. Australia's main airline wants to launch very long non-stop flights from Australia to Europe and North America.
QF7879 flight operated by Qantas in figures
But let's see how the QF7879 flight operated by Qantas was on the New York - Sydney route
- Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (VH-ZNI) aircraft, dubbed the "Kookaburra";
- New York - Sydney - 16200 miles;
- The direct flight duration was 19 hours and 16 minutes (Normally, this route is operated in 22 hours and 20 minutes with a stopover in Los Angeles);
- During the flight, by rotation, 4 pilots were at the aircraft sleeve. Plus 2 additional pilots who flew the new plane from Seattle to New York. The total pilot experience amounts to over 67 000 flight hours.
- The aircraft took off with 101 000 kilos of kerosene, the maximum quantity that an 787-9 Dreamliner can carry. According to the calculations of the specialists, at the destination there must still be about 6000 of kilograms, the equivalent of 90 of flight minutes.
- The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (VH-ZNI) had 233 000 kilograms at take-off, when the maximum allowable load is 254 000 kilograms. About half the weight represented the fuel, the same amount a 787-9 Dreamliner uses route Perth - London.
- The flight was operated at an average speed of 930 km / h.
- In the first part of the flight, the cruise altitude was 36000ft (approximately 10900 meters). And as the aircraft became easier, cruise altitude climbed to 40 000ft (about 12200 meters).
- On board were 49 people, including Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Only under these conditions could the flight be operated with this aircraft model.
It was a historic moment for the entire aviation industry. Following these test flights, Qantas will decide whether to continue the Sunrise project and launch the long-awaited flights, or give up. However, for Qantas Sunrise, Alan Joyce has asked aircraft manufacturers to make dedicated models for very long flights. The models are taken into account A350-1000ULR or the new generation of 777X aircraft.