Despite the impact COVID-19 has had on aviation, particularly in Australia, the latest milestone arguably wouldn’t have happened without the pandemic.

Qantas has run dozens of repatriation flights — many to destinations it wouldn’t ordinarily operate to, including India and Turkey — but the latest route takes the cake.

A Qantas 787 is currently half way into an 18 hour journey from Buenos Aires to Darwin, a 14,683 kilometre journey. It was a fairly controversial flight, and many passengers elsewhere in South America struggled to make it.

But it has taken off and it is the longest ever commercial passenger flight operated by the flying kangaroo.

While it is an 18 hour journey, the plane is flying 74 degrees south meaning passengers should get a view of Antarctica.

On markets, the ASX isn’t exactly flying today but is slightly higher than yesterday, trading 0.23% higher as at 11.45am (AEST).

That followed a rebound on Wall Street overnight as big tech stocks bounced back.

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Aspiring gold producer Kingwest (ASX:KWR) unveiled a joint venture, which will see underground mining resume at its Menzies gold prospect.

Hydrogen aspirant Global Energy Ventures (ASX:GEV) told shareholders that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) issued its Approval In Principle for GEV’s pilot-scale compressed hydrogen ship.

Great Western Exploration (ASX:GTE) rose after telling shareholders it had identified four high priority drill targets at its Yandal West project.

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Australian Gold & Copper (ASX:AGC) fell after its latest exploration update.