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After 10,000 miles and 19 hours, world’s longest flight lands in Sydney

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Passengers exercise on board QF7879 from New York to Sydney on October 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Qantas is the first commercial airline to ever fly direct from New York to Sydney. The flight was restricted to 40 people plus 10 crew to increase aircraft range, and included medical scientists and health experts on board to conduct studies in the cockpit and the cabin to help determine strategies to promote long haul inflight health and wellbeing on ultra-long haul flights. It comes as the national carrier continues to work towards the final frontier of global aviation by launching non-stop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project dubbed "Project Sunrise". (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images for Qantas)

The longest flight in the world has been successfully tested – with 50 passengers and crew traveling nonstop for almost 20 hours from New York to Sydney.

Qantas Flight 7879 traveled 16,200 km (10,066 miles) in 19 hours and 16 minutes – landing in Australia early Sunday morning with plenty of fuel.

The journey on a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was an experiment to see how long-haul travel affects people on board.

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Only a few people traveled on the 19-hour flight.

It is currently not possible for commercial aircraft to fly this far with a full passenger load and cargo.

To ensure that the plane could travel the distance, the flight had maximum fuel, restricted luggage and no cargo.

A team of researchers was sent to monitor lighting and activities – as well as sleep patterns and passenger consumption levels.

They also closely monitored melatonin crew levels and followed the pilots' brain patterns during flight.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Qantas Flight 7879 lands at Sydney Airport after flying 19 hours and 16 minutes from New York to Sydney on October 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Qantas is the first commercial airline to fly directly from New York to Sydney. The flight was restricted to 40 people and 10 crew members to increase aircraft range, and included medical scientists and onboard health experts to conduct cockpit and cabin studies to help determine strategies to promote health and well-being. long haul and the ultra long haul. flights. The airline continues to work toward the global aviation final frontier, launching nonstop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project called
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The flight landed in Sydney after flying over 10,000 miles

Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce, who was on the flight, said after landing: "This is a truly historic moment for Qantas, a truly historic moment for Australian aviation and a truly historic moment for world aviation.

"We know that long-haul flights pose some extra challenges, but this happens whenever technology allows us to fly farther. The research we're doing should give us better strategies for improving comfort and well-being along the way." .

Australia's national airline says it aims to increase health and well-being on board, minimize jet lag and work out the best crew work standards.

The flight path of the longest direct flight in the world. Pic: Flight Radar
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The trajectory of the longest flight in the world. Pic: Flight Radar

After landing, flight captain Sean Golding said: "The flight was very successful with two components – the first was the research.

"And also the feat of distance – last night's flight was 16,200 kilometers. We stayed in the air for 19 hours and 16 minutes and landed here in Sydney with comfortable 70 minutes of fuel."

Patrick Hatch, a Sydney Morning Herald reporter who traveled on the flight, said the passengers were taking part in exercise sessions and even dancing at Macarena in an effort to maintain circulation while on the plane.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Passengers exercise aboard the QF7879 from New York to Sydney on October 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Qantas is the first commercial airline to fly directly from New York to Sydney. The flight was restricted to 40 people and 10 crew members to increase aircraft range, and included medical scientists and onboard health experts to conduct cockpit and cabin studies to help determine strategies to promote health and well-being. long haul and the ultra long haul. flights. The airline continues to work toward the global aviation final frontier, launching nonstop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project called
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Researchers examined how to combat jet lag

Hatch added that the flight was three hours faster than normal travel time and that people around him felt "very good" when landing in Sydney.

Eventually, the company wants to make scheduled flights from the east coast of Australia to New York and London and will make a decision later this year on the viability of the services after further test flights.

Qantas already had the world's largest commercial flight record and offers full service on its direct flights between London Heathrow and Perth on Australia's west coast – a journey that takes more than 17 hours.

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