Even as most air travelers would like to spend fewer hours flying and want to reach their destinations in the shortest possible time, there are some airlines that want to operate the world’s longest nonstop route. And, Qantas Airways is one of such airlines planning to launch the longest nonstop flight in the world with flight duration of nearly 20 hours. Australia’s national carrier wants to fulfill its dream within the coming five years with the launch of new nonstop routes to New York and London from the east coast of Australia.
Media reports said that there are currently no aircrafts capable of undertaking such a long journey involving 20 hours. When Qantas Airways launches nonstop flights from Sydney to New York the estimated travel time would be of 18 hours 7 minutes. However, nonstop flights to London from Sydney would be much longer and will take 20 hours 20 minutes.
Presently, Qatar Airways is operating the world’s longest flight between Auckland and Doha, which is of 17 hours 30 minutes. The planned nonstop flight by Qantas Airways will be therefore 3 hours more than what is being currently operated by Qatar Airways. According to the reports, there would be a reduction of nearly 4 hours when compared with the current flight duration between London and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and it will be a 3 hours reduction from current flight time to New York.
Qantas Airways has announced that it will be launching nonstop flights between London and Perth effective from March 24, 2018. The flight duration will be of 17 hours. Travel experts said that both Boeing and Airbus are planning to design new aircrafts that would be capable of ranges required for such long journey. Boeing is set to introduce its new 777X aircraft, while Airbus is planning its own ultra-long-range version of A350-900 aircraft. Qantas Airways expects that it would be able to purchase one of these new aircrafts to realize its dream of operating the world’s longest nonstop flight by 2022.