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The 20-Hour Flight Is Coming. And It May Have a Gym and Bunks

  • Boeing, Airbus persuade Qantas Sydney-London can start by 2022
  • Marathon flights may also come with sleeping area, bar, creche
Bloomberg business news
Qantas Air’s goal of a nonstop flight from Sydney to London took a leap forward. Bloomberg’s Angus Whitley reports.(Source: Bloomberg)

The goal of a nonstop flight from Sydney to London -- half the way around the planet -- took a leap forward as the world’s top planemakers convinced Qantas Airways Ltd. they can make the 20-hour route a reality.

A year after Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce publicly challenged Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to design a plane capable of making a viable direct flight from Sydney to London or New York, he says the manufacturers have succeeded.