Commercial aviation has evolved significantly over the last 60 years. From the Jumbo Jet in the 1960s, which facilitated mass transportation over long distances to Concorde, which paved the way for supersonic air travel.
A very long distance with a commercial plane is London Sydney, for 19 hours on a direct flight. The problem is that this plane is not yet built for such a flight.
However, Qantas company has such a project, called “Sunrise Project” for such an airline. It will make a decision by the end of 2019 to make a flight with a Boeing 777x or Airbus A350.
The A350 is already making very long flights, but flights between London and Sydney will require some efficiency moderation.
For a long time, flights between London and Australia were just a dream, and only last year Qantas connected Perth and London in just over 17 hours of direct flight on 787-9. However, a few extra hours are required for Sydney, so a smaller number of 787-9 would not be profitable. In addition, if more fuel is consumed, more passengers would be needed on board to be the viable distance in terms of profitability.
Now, however, Project Sunrise is about to beat all world records by 2022, with a 20-hour flight linking London to Sydney. Although the modified aircraft are not yet completed, they are still on the verge of becoming reality.
Qantasa confirmed that test flights will be carried out by the end of 2019, with only 40 passengers, so that it will arrive at its destination in 19 hours. The purpose of the tests is to understand the reaction and behavior of passengers on such a long flight.
Thus, it is expected that some studies will emerge if passengers prefer long direct flights or long interrupted flights.
The longest five flights in the world (currently):
Singapore – Newark: 18 hours, 30 minutes
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900ULR
2. Auckland – Doha: 17 hours, 50 minutes
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
3. Perth – London: 17 hours, 25 minutes
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
4. Dubai – Auckland: 17 hours, 10 minutes
Aircraft: Airbus A380
5. Singapore – Los Angeles: 17 hours, 50 minutes