20 JANUARY 2020

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Article from BTNews 20 JANUARY 2020

AND FINALLY: Nothing new in aviation

As if to prove there is nothing new in the aviation business, echoes of Qantas’ Project Sunrise could be heard last Tuesday, 14 January, as enthusiasts marked the 62nd anniversary of the airline beginning its round-the-world (RTW) services.

The feat was accomplished by two Super Constellations taking off from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport, one heading west and the other east so passengers could choose which way they wanted to fly.

According to Australia’s Airways Museum magazine, Qantas (then known as Qantas Empire Airways, or QEA) was ‘determined’ to have RTW flights going in alternative directions.

The magazine noted that the logistics and distances involved at the time meant the flights were at the cutting edge of what could be done and Qantas even ran a test flight beforehand to prove the Super Constellation could make it.

Sound familiar?

www.qantas.com

www.airwaysmuseum.com

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