Recreating Qantas' 1989 Demonstration flight.


Moments ago, I took off from EGLL in a Qantas B744 in an attempt to recreate Qantas’ demonstration “Longreach” flight from London Heathrow to Sydney with an estimated flightier time of about 20 hours. The plan is to recreate it as accurately as possible so I took off with a fully tanked 747 with 23 people on board as was the case with the original flight. though there were no estimates given over the amount of cargo carried, I took off with 700 odd Kgs to account for baggage and supplies on board. I plan to maintain an initial cruise altitude of FL330 and as the aircraft gradually becomes lighter, climb my way to FL450 which the pilots of the original flight did and which also happens to be a B744’s service ceiling. I have Perth as my diversion airport in the case I face heavy headwinds and burn out my fuel early enough which remained the top most concern during the original attempt. Everything being said, Screenshots (if you happen to stumble upon my flight) and a fighter escort into Sydney would be welcomed! :)

Callsign: Qantas 1989 Heavy
Pilottag: Longreach

To know more about the original flight,

What is your longest flight in Infinite Flight?

Shoutout to @CaptSauceBoss for providing me with a fighter escort over the southern tip of Sweden!


Yeah I’ll try to make it in Sydney if I don’t have school tomorrow


Expert or training I’ll track you


it’s on Expert.


You have a good tail wind it looks like


Yeah, for now. I’m just worried it’ll turn to crap over east or Central Asia.


Might wanna check your fuel:

According to LiveFlight you have 10 hours left on flying at the time of writing this post -

How many hours of fuel do you have left


Yeah, I unfortunately ran into some strong headwinds at that point, I’m southbound as the moment with an estimated flight time of 8.5 hours. The 744 is a fuel guzzler and I’m about 1.5 hours worth of fuel short (no wonder they used a special kind of high density ATF for the actual flight). I’m sincerely hoping that as I get lighter and keep climbing, the performance improves. Otherwise I’ll either have to set it down at an alternate airport or accept my fate and crash and burn off the northern coast of Australia.


Hopefully you will make it!


UPDATE: Sadly, I couldn’t make it all the way to Sydney. had to divert and land at Darwin International Airport. The aircraft was pretty much out of fuel as it entered the northern coast of Australia with a mere 1,500 Kgs (1%) left at touchdown. I unfortunately ran into some headwinds off the coast of Hong Kong which stayed that way until I reached Australia. All in all, I fell short of about 2.5 hours worth of fuel. here are a few screenshots from my flight.

Dawn over Kazakhstan

Sunset over Southeast China

@CaptSauceBoss cheering me on over Southern Sweden

To my understanding, there could be a few factors that might have aided that success of the original flight back in 1989 and not on my attempt on infinite flight.

  1. Route
    The route for this flight was generated via Flight plan database. Even though this is a legit route, I don’t think the Pilots of the original flight took such a route. One newspaper report said they ran into heavy headwinds over the Indian Ocean and approached the Australian Island parallel to it’s southern coast. Probably Making a custom route more suited to the present winds would help achieving the feat on infinite flight.

    Flightplan that I followed

  2. Fuel & Weight
    In the original attempt, the aircraft was a tad modified in order to aid it’s success. extra life rafts were removed as there were just 23 people on board including crew. extra galley hardware was removed and the tanks were filled to their brim, a total of 183 tons while in the 744 in IF, you can only load up 160 tons of fuel (Probably a major factor). Also, the original flight was loaded with and Special Kind of High Density ATF custom made by Shell Germany for Qantas to suit this specific occasion.

Anyway, I’ve had a great time flying this attempt even though it ended in a failure, dealing with challenges as they came were quite intriguing which only tells us what sort of pressure the actual pilots were in. I would like to attempt this flight again probably sometime in the near future but until then, I’m open to comments and suggestions from you all. There was maybe something I could have done that I overlooked or probably something I could’ve done differently. I’d love to know.