When Qantas’ brand-new Boeing 787-9 VH-ZNI landed at Sydney on Oct. 20 after flying direct from New York for 19 hr. 16 min., it entered the record books as the longest passenger flight in history and formed a bellwether for a potential new era of even longer-haul services in the 2020s. Qantas Flight 7879 (QF7879) was the first of a limited series of research flights intended to inform the airline on the effects of longer-range missions on passengers and crew as part of Project ...

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