Airline Qantas completed its longest commercial flight ever on Wednesday evening (local time). It was a repatriation flight from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires to Darwin, Australia.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with which the flight was operated, covering 14,683 kilometres in 17 hours and 26 minutes.
The repatriation flight has broken the airline’s previous record, the commercial flight between London and Perth (14,498 kilometres). In 2019, Qantas conducted two test flights between London and Sydney (17,800 kilometres), but only test persons who had not paid for a ticket were on board. Due to the corona pandemic, no more test flights were carried out.
On board, the repatriation aircraft were 107 passengers and four pilots who worked in rotation. The plane flew over Antarctica, an area rarely visited by passenger planes, recorded temperatures of -75 degrees Celsius, and travellers had “spectacular” views.
Darwin airport has landed this year – for the first time in history – flights from every inhabited continent on Earth. Worldwide there are few airports where flights from all six inhabited continents land. This often concerns major airports such as those of Dubai, Doha and London.