Australia has always been a far, exotic, interesting but difficult to reach destination. However, Qantas made the mission possible and finally connected Australia and Europe with a non-stop flight.
Last Saturday was remarkable for aviation history. For the first time, one of the world’s longest flights in the world connected Perth and London. The aircraft departed from Australia at 7 p.m and landed in the UK at 5 a.m. The flight took over 17 hours which was challenging for both cabin crew members and the voyagers.
An airplane was carrying more than 200 passengers and there were 16 Qantas crew members on board. The route of a flight went through many countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Oman, The UAE, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
There were four pilots on board. Two captains, a first officer, and a second officer. At least two or three pilots were constantly monitoring the flight. Capt. Lisa Norman commanded the flight. She calls this experience „ the pinnacle of my career“.Capt. Lisa Norman
Some changes were implemented on the carrier Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner before the historic flight. A lower noise level and improved air quality were a few of them. Boeing cut down the altitude to 6 000 feet instead of a usual 8 000 feet. This feature creates an environment closer to the one on the ground and makes the flying experience more convenient.
Furthermore, previously one stop to refuel flying from Pert to London was a must. Now an aircraft can fly this distance from the beginning carrying the fuel for the whole distance. Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner called Emily is two times more fuel-efficient than Boeing B747.
Mr. Joyce, Qantas Chief Executive, expressed his join in a statement: “The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap.”