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Austrian Airlines Completes Historic 17+ Hour Flight to Sydney

Written by Charlie

Austrian Airlines just completed a historic flight for the airline as they flew almost 18 hours from Vienna to Sydney to pick up their citizens.

The coronavirus is pushing people and industries to do things that they had not thought about before last month. One of those things is airlines flying repatriation flights to cities and countries they had never served before. This included yesterday’s flight from Austrian Airlines from Vienna to Sydney – an almost 18 hour journey.

Austrian Airlines Completes Historic 17+ Hour Flight

This was the first time Austrian Airlines had flown this far and it was something special for them as well to land in Australia – a country which shares some similarity in names to Austria. This flight was accomplished aboard a Boeing 777-200ER and was flown to bring Austrian citizens home to Austria.

They are heading back tomorrow (March 31) via Penang so that will make a shorter time in the air per flight for the people flying back. Check this page to see the flight progress.

As I write this, Austrian is flying yet another repatriation flight of long distances from Vienna to Santiago, Chile. This is clocking in at just over 14 hours of a flight. You can track this flight here.

I have never been on such a flight but I can imagine that they are somewhat emotional flights for the passengers as all of them have the common goal of just getting back home. That combined with a sense of relief for what is familiar again.

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1 Comment

  • Austrian (and previously Lauda) in fact did have regular scheduled service to Australia until about 10 years ago – albeit not nonstop.