The new 787-9 aircraft was delivered from the Boeing factory in Seattle to NY.
The flight is going to be ground-breaking. On October 18th, the world's longest test flight took off aiming to link Sydney directly to both London and NY.
The tests are part of Project Sunrise, Qantas' planned new direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to London and NY, which the airline wants to implement by 2022.
As shown on Flightradar24, the flight's route carried it across the entire United States and then the Pacific Ocean.
The Sydney-bound aircraft, which leaves NY late on Friday, ought to land on Sunday with about 90 minutes of gasoline within the tanks, Sean Golding, the plane's captain, stated at a pre-flight briefing in NY on Thursday.More news: Texas Rally: Donald Trump Rips Democrats and ‘Crazy Nancy’ Pelosi
It was reported on Friday that most on board would be Qantas employees, although six Qantas Frequent Flyer volunteer passengers were expected to take part too. The airliner was brand new, having just come off Boeing's assembly line near Seattle.
We're embarking on three analysis flights to assist plan how we look after passengers & crew on future long-haul flights. The four-member flight crew, who worked on rotation, also wore EEG (electroencephalogram) monitors that tracked brainwaves and alertness.
Historic Qantas Perth to London flight takes off today.
"We know from basic science of circadian rhythms that a bigger time difference between departure and arrival locations, and traveling east rather than west, tends to mean people feel more jetlag", says Stephen Simpson, academic director of the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, which is working with Qantas to investigate the impact on passengers. Of that 101,000kg was fuel. At almost 20 hours long, it is set to become the longest non-stop flight in the world.
As neatly as the Fresh York-Sydney route, Qantas will test a carrier from London to Sydney within the impending months.
The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), which represents Qantas pilots, said the exploratory flights "will produce a limited set of data that will not adequately replicate real-world flying conditions".More news: Hurricane lashes Bermuda as new storm aims at Mexico resorts
How do their sleep, cognitive ability, sleepiness and mood change on an ultra-long-haul flight?
The airline said that it would examine results from research flights and other "streams of work" to inform a decision on whether to run regular flights starting from 2022 or 2023.
Before takeoff, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the test flight would answer "a lot of commonsense questions about the comfort and wellbeing of passengers and crew". If approved, flights would start in 2022/23.
"Time to check in for the first NY to Sydney non stop".
The non-stop flight is named "Project Sunrise" after the airline's "Double Sunrise" endurance flights during World War II, which were long enough to see two sunrises.
Qantas pilots have expressed apprehension about the impact of these lengthy flights have on safety protocols.More news: Kom caught in Olympic qualification row