Qantas A380 Breaks Flight Duration Record
On December 20th, 2019, a Qantas Airbus A380-842 broke a flight duration record, flying from Dresden, Germany to Sydney. The Aircraft, VH-OQH was returning from a cabin refresh in Airbus’ Maintenance facility in Dresden, Germany when it broke the 18-hour record. A big reason the Airbus was able to fly this far was that there were no passengers or cargo to carry. The flight was over 16,000km!
The airplane used the step-climbing method. First, climbing to 28,000ft. Then to 35,000ft and finally 41,000ft. The flight clocked in at 1,852km longer than the current longest commercial A380 flight; being Emirates EK488 between Dubai and Auckland, which generally takes around 16 hours.
It’s great that the A380 is still making headlines as they are slowly going away.