Now this is interesting. 1. First test of world's longest (almost 20 hours, 16,200km) non-stop flight to take-off Friday. (First flight is New York to Sydney. I'm guessing departure airport to be JFK.) 2. A/C: brand-new 787-9. 3. Operator: Qantas 4. Test of passengers as well as aircraft. Medical personnel to research physical and emotional impact of such a long flight. Thoughts (mine): 1. Maybe a successful test will wash some of the mud off of Boeing's nose. 2. I'm a good traveler, but 20 hours???? I think I would have to be medicated. Note: According to the article, test flights from London to Sydney are also planned, and Interesting side note: London to Sydney is 1600km longer--17,800km, but will take same amount of time.