Emirates SkyCargo completes record breaking flight

17.5 hour journey involved shipment of high value horses.
The B777F is the crown jewel in Emirates SkyCargo's freighter fleet.
The B777F is the crown jewel in Emirates SkyCargo's freighter fleet.

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Emirates SkyCargo has set a new record by operating its longest ever non-stop flight – 17.5 hours from Sydney to New York’s Stewart International Airport.

The flight was completed using a Boeing 777 Freighter and involved a consignment of horses potentially worth more than the aircraft itself.

“Since the Boeing 777F’s introduction to our fleet in March 2009, we have been impressed by its range, as well as efficiency, and this milestone flight is testament to that,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, cargo.

“The Boeing 777F boasts the longest range capability of all twin engine jets, is quieter and uses less fuel per tonne than other freighters, which are all increasingly important as the industry demands more environmentally sound practices globally.

“This freighter is part of our long-term investment for Emirates SkyCargo; we are excited about its performance so far and the future possibilities it brings to our services.

The longest flight previously undertaken by Emirates was a 16.8-hour passenger flight between Dubai and Houston International Airport.

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