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The longest commercial Qantas flight from Buenos Aires to Darwin

The longest commercial Qantas flight from Buenos Aires to Darwin

Australia’s Qantas streak broke another record. And behind it the longest commercial flight in history. During the flight home, a Boeing 787 traveled more than 14,600 kilometers in less than 18 hours. Traveling from Argentina to Darwin, passengers flew over Antarctica.

Dreamliner Lenny Qantas It took off from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza Airport shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday local time. To Darwin, in the middle of the North Coast Australia , It arrived just before 7 p.m. local time, setting the record for the longest commercial flight Qantas has ever operated – and is known to set similar records.

The passengers spent nearly 18 hours in the air – 17 hours and 26 minutes to be exact – and traveled 14,683 kilometers. It reaches the maximum potential of this Boeing model – its range is 14,800 kilometers.

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“This is about 200 kilometers longer than the flight from Perth to London, which is currently a record for Qantas,” aviation analyst Bruce Dale commented before the Dreamliner landed in Darwin. The route he mentioned ran until the collapse of the aviation market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the suspension of most international connections in 2020.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Lenny Qantasstock struggle

Flight QF14 is also very important to Darwin Airport itself, which has become the first airport in Australia – and one of the few in the world – to operate direct flights from all six permanently inhabited continents.

“This is an exclusive collection that cannot be accessed by the largest airports in the world” – ABC News journalists noted. These few airports include, among others, Doha, Dubai, Johannesburg and London.

To Australia via Antarctica

Dreamliner passengers had the opportunity to fly over Antarctica. However, the seemingly unusual route is the most direct way – given the shape of the Earth – to get from the Argentine capital to Darwin.

“If you were to cross straight, as we imagine on the map, you would probably add 30 to 40 percent of the extra distance,” Dale explained.

Passengers also had the best chance of enjoying the views, because a Boeing 787 has the largest windows of any passenger plane.

Lot QF14Flight Radar 24

The connection between Buenos Aires and Darwin is not a regular service, but one of the repatriation flights that the Australian airline is making on behalf of the government. All for the purpose of bringing their citizens home. After landing, these people were in quarantine for 14 days.

The country is still not open to foreign tourists. The Australian government has imposed some of the toughest restrictions in the world due to the pandemic.

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