Qantas wants to launch nonstop Sydney-NYC flights. There’s just one problem…

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Australian flag-carrier Qantas has made the bold claim that it is “investigating direct flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York by 2022.” While this sounds fantastic for people wishing to visit the land down under from both Britain and the Big Apple, there’s just one problem: passenger aircraft that can fly these routes don’t exist. Yet.

Okay…technically that’s a lie. An empty 787 can easily fly 10,000 miles, which is enough to make the run from Sydney to New York. Boeing put the engines of the 787-8 to the test in an interesting flight path of this length.

But obviously Qantas needs to deliver a payload for the route to work. At this point technology still needs to catch up with their vision. But it could be here soon. Very…

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