Air International 2020-01
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L.Jones - 'Longreach' for the Skies /Commercial/
The first aircraft to fly between the UK and Australia - Vickers Vimy G-EAOU (c/n F8630) - departed Hounslow Heath on November 12, 1919, arriving in Darwin, Australia, 28 days later. It is now preserved at Adelaide Airport, close to where pilots Sirs Ross and Keith MacPherson-Smith were born.
Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO, and the crew of flight QF7879 disembark the 787 Dreamliner in Sydney.
The factory-fresh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, VH-ZNJ (c/n 66074), parked at Heathrow's Terminal 3 ahead of its record-breaking flight.
The flight passed through the airspace of ten nations, including the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia before crossing the Australian coast near Darwin.
Qantas flies its 787-9s on routes including Perth-Heathrow, the first direct air service between Australia and Europe.
Qantas has been encouraged by the performance of its existing Perth to London non-stop services.
Second Officer Tegan Gray admires the 787-9 Dreamliner ahead of boarding.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was selected for the record-breaking journeys.
The brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner firmly on Australian soil for the first time following the record-breaking 19hr and 19min non-stop flight.
Passengers took tests to monitor responsiveness during the 19hr, 19min service.
The flight crew wore electroencephalogram (EEG) brain monitoring equipment for the duration of the flight to track brain activity.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was on board the second of three Project Sunrise flights.
Exercise on board was promoted, particularly during the phase of the flight where passengers were encouraged to stay awake.
Passengers and crew on board the Qantas research flight witnessed two sunrises - one not long after departing London and the other over Indonesia.
The four-strong flight crew was led by captain Helen Trenerry and included first officer Ryan Gill and second officers Chris Agnew and Tegan Gray.
An artist's impression of how the Qantas livery could look on the Airbus A350.
Prior to the introduction of the Boeing 787, many Quantas long-haul routes to and from Australia relied on the 747-400.
An artist's impression of how the Qantas livery could look on the Boeing 777X.