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Airbus, Boeing close in on Qantas' ultra-long haul dream

20-hour Sydney-London flight possible within 5 years if oil prices stay around US$70 per barrel

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Mr Joyce has raised publicly the possibility of ordering the B777-8 for ultra-long haul flights for the last two years and more recently the A350-900ULR.

Sydney

BOTH Airbus and Boeing now offer aircraft that appear capable of flying non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London - the "Holy Grail" for Australian carrier Qantas Airways.

As long as oil prices don't go much higher than around US$70 per barrel, the 20-hour flight can

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