The second of three Qantas ultra long-haul research flights landed in Sydney on Friday 19 hours and 19 minutes after taking off from London Heathrow.
Qantas has unveiled plans to add a second daily service between Sydney and Tokyo Haneda and switch its Melbourne-Tokyo Narita nonstop flight to the close-in Tokyo airport.
Qantas says it plans to conduct three research flights from New York and London to Sydney as part of its Project Sunrise evaluation.
Aircalin has become the second airline to fly the Airbus A330neo to Australia after using its new A330-900 F-ONEO on the Noumea-Sydney route on August 16.
This week's feature from the Australian Archives comes from July 2009, when Ellis Taylor wrote about the arrival of Delta Air Lines to these shores.
Qantas will end Boeing 747-400/400ER flights to the United States mainland in December 2019 when it switches the Sydney-San Francisco route to the 787-9 Dreamliner.