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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on May 3, 2022 9:27:00 PM
Direct non-stop London-Sydney flights by 2025

Qantas has announced it will begin operating non-stop flights from Sydney to London and New York from 2025. The first Sydney-London flights will depart in late 2025 and take about 20 hours, making them the world's longest passenger flights. The route, launched in 1947, once took 58 hours and seven stops.

xDiggy - 03 May 2022 22:40:18 (#1 of 33)

Fancy being stuck on a plane for 20 hours and when you get off you are in *Australia*.

Macpaddy - 03 May 2022 22:51:10 (#2 of 33)

Even worse, 20 hours and you're back in the UK.

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 May 2022 23:04:27 (#3 of 33)

20 hours in a deathliner??


indlovubill - 03 May 2022 23:29:15 (#4 of 33)

The first Sydney-London flights will depart in late 2025 and take about 20 hours,

Late '25 is three and a half years away, it's a Quantas publicity stunt. Just inside the 350's maximum range so not enough safety margin and wouldn't be allowed in the current version of the plane. Another small problem the most direct route is over Ukraine.

popstar7 - 04 May 2022 00:06:50 (#5 of 33)

My favourite ever flight (a low bar, obvs) was London to Sydney via San Francisco. For some reason the second leg had about fifty passengers on a 747. Loads of food and drink, lovely flight attendants and crossing the Pacific at night, hardly knowing sky from sea or up from down is the closest I’ll ever come to Major Tom territory, in a nice, trippy way.


popstar7 - 04 May 2022 00:25:15 (#6 of 33)

This was during the foot and mouth crisis so when I was grilled by an Aussie customs officer wearing shorts I was so spaced out from the flight I could barely suppress my laughter. I think he sensed this.

FrankieTeardrop - 04 May 2022 08:49:12 (#7 of 33)

My favourite flight ever was from Sydney to Los Angeles - I was 16 and sat next to a lovely Australian girl/woman about the same age. We got on really well.

Three years later I was back in Australia, and somehow met her again, we were part of the same house music loving crowd - I'd bagged a few gigs in a nightclub in Canberra, and at one point we all went to a huge rave in Sydney. Nothing romantic occurred, but it was nice to meet someone you thought you'd never see again.

TommyDGNR8 - 04 May 2022 09:00:13 (#8 of 33)

I sort-of assumed such flights already happened but, then, I'm very much antsy-as-fuck by the time I get to Lanzarote; don't think I could do more than five hours.

Gotout - 04 May 2022 10:20:03 (#9 of 33)

I think I'd rather fly the old fashioned way, taking my time.

PaperRustler - 04 May 2022 10:23:46 (#10 of 33)

#1 - have you been? Oz is wonderful.

TheExcession - 04 May 2022 10:31:15 (#11 of 33)

You know you've spent enough time on an aeroplane when you start staring at the little moving map display and then at some point it seems to be going backwards.

I've done some long flights in my time and got through them with books, films and attempts at sleep, but I think twenty hours would be a bit much.

Moschops - 04 May 2022 11:25:21 (#12 of 33)

I've done 12 hour flights a couple of times, cant imagine another 8 on top of that

dottie30 - 04 May 2022 11:26:40 (#13 of 33)

The longest I've done is 9 hours to Miami. It's long enough and I've absolutely no desire to sit on a plane anything beyond that.

TableTopJoe - 04 May 2022 11:33:33 (#14 of 33)

When I flew Vancouver to Gatwick, the guy next to me fell asleep just after take off and stayed that way till just before we landed. I don't know if he'd taken anything but I was very envious.

DesEsseintes - 04 May 2022 11:35:22 (#15 of 33)

Patel will be looking at that wondering if she can revive the practice of sending people that the government doesn't want here to Australia

upgoerfive - 04 May 2022 11:43:06 (#16 of 33)

My longest flight was ten-and-a-half hours, Schiphol to Seattle-Tacoma.

We passengers were about ready to start eating each other by the time the doors opened - I can't imagine almost twice that time stuck in a plane.

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 May 2022 11:02:24 (#17 of 33)

I’ve done the existing 20 hour Darwin-London. It was fine, but it was only about half full so I got four seats to lie down and sleep on.

FrankieTeardrop - 04 May 2022 11:27:35 (#18 of 33)

All next to each other?

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 May 2022 11:28:59 (#19 of 33)

Yes, the central four.

Lawlsie - 04 May 2022 12:32:21 (#20 of 33)

My best flight was Manchester to Singapore. On Singapore Airlines. I asked for a window seat but found myself stuck next to a door that jutted out into the aisle so in fact I had less legroom. They upgraded me to business. It was divine.

I flew Qantas to Australia. More room on their seats. I agree Australia is wonderful. But I also liked Singapore. I'd heard it was boring but I didn't find it so. Apart from the humidity it's a great city.

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