Qantas completes test of longest non-stop passenger flight

The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a 16,200-km (10,066-mile) route.

Next month, the company plans to test a non-stop flight from London to Sydney.

Qantas expects to decide on whether to start the routes by the end of 2019.

If it goes ahead with them, the services would start operating in 2022 or 2023.

No commercial aircraft yet has the range to fly such an ultra-long haul route with a full passenger and cargo load, Reuters news agency reports.

Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

Australia's national carrier says it will connect Perth, in the west of the country, to the UK capital using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The 9,000 mile (14,498km) flight will take 17 hours.

Perth will be a hub for passengers from eastern Australia going to the UK, tourism minister Steven Ciobo said.

He also said the new service would boost employment and tourism in Australia, a sector growing three times faster than the rest of the national economy, and one that supports 580,000 jobs.

Competition watchdog approve airlines code-share agreement

Air Niugini submitted its authorisation application to code-share with Qantas on 27th July, 2016. 

ICCC Commissioner and CEO Paulus Ain said, “The ICCC granted authorisation to Air Niugini to enter into and give effect to the code-share agreement with Qantas for a period of five years commencing 10th November.

Qantas starts daily services between Pom-Brisbane

The service operates daily, using a refreshed 174 seat B737- 800 aircraft featuring 12 business class seats, upgraded in-flight entertainment, and improved seat comfort.

It replaces Qantas’ previous, turboprop-operated service between Port Moresby and Cairns, and is aimed to maximize customers’ connections to New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and North America.

Qantas and Air Niugini will continue to codeshare on routes between Port Moresby and Australia.*

CEO of Solomon Airlines sacked in surprise move

Ron Sumsum was to have handed over the reins to a yet to be selected replacement in December.

The airline gave no official statement for his dismissal.

Acting in his place is the commercial services manager Gus Kraus, who said the sudden termination was a bit of nuisance given an upcoming safety certification review from the International Air Transport Association.

Mr Kraus said the airline was also awaiting word from Qantas on whether codeshare arrangements will continue.