On AvTalk Episode 67, Qantas 787 Fleet Captain, Lisa Norman discussed progress towards non-stop flights LHR-SYD and JFK-SYD. She led the crew for the inaugural non-stop PER-LHR flight in 2018.
Three 787-9 deliveries will be converted to research flights. One will operate LHR-SYD, two JFK-SYD. Captain Norman revealed she will be on board two. The first JFK-SYD flight is due to start on Friday 18 October, using B787-9 VH-ZNI. The exercise will be conducted by Monash and Sydney Universities. Also on board will be CEO Alan Joyce, other Qantas staff and the media. The flight number is reported to be QF7879.