Qantas Announce First Test Direct Route From Aus To New York

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Everything's moving pretty fast these days. Remember when the only game you could play on your phone was snake? Now we have every game, social media platform, camera, voice recorder and more in the palm of our hand. 

It's the same for aeroplanes. There was a time when they weren't even a thing. Now there are thousands in the sky at once and they're only getting better.  

Qantas is raising the bar by launching its first direct test flight between Sydney and New York. The route will for a mammoth 19hours.

The airline will also test out a flight from Sydney to London which is also expected to take 19 hours, two hours longer than its Perth-London route which launched last year. The new long haul flights are a part of the project Operation Sunrise.

News.com.au reports Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said this morning a final word on whether the ultra-long-range flights from Sydney to New York and London would go ahead by the end of this year.

"There is plenty of enthusiasm for Sunrise but I have to say it is not a foregone conclusion.

"This is ultimately a business decision and economics have to stack up. And if they don’t, we won’t do it."

The test flights will run over three months from October. The publication reports the planes will be new, fully fitted-out Boeing 787-9s which will carry 40 people, mainly crew as no tickets will be sold for the tests. 

All we know is 19 hours is a long time to be in a plane, but then again just getting to your destination without stopping over in another country would be great too.

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Written By Christina Cavaleri