Qantas's 19-hour flight from New York to Sydney was completed by a crew of four passengers working on rotation throughout the journey.
The research flight was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being on-board. Data from these experiments will be used help shape the crew rostering and customer service of Qantas’ planned ultra-long-haul flights.
Below are the scenes from inside the cockpit, with air traffic control recordings, of the 787 Dreamliner as the aircraft departed JFK and landed in SYD.
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Qantas captain Sean Golding, who led the four pilots operating the service, said: “The flight went really smoothly. Headwinds picked up overnight, which slowed us down to start with, but that was part of our scenario planning. Given how long we were airborne, we were able to keep optimising the flight path to make the best of the conditions.
“We had a lot of interest from air traffic controllers as we crossed through different airspace because of the uniqueness of this flight. We also had a special sign off and welcome home from the control towers in New York and Sydney, which you don’t get every day.
“Overall, we’re really happy with how the flight went and it’s great have some of the data we need to help assess turning this into a regular service.”