Direct flights between Melbourne and NY would reduce flying time on that route by nearly three hours, according to Qantas.
Qantas today posted its second-highest underlying profit result in the 97 year history of the national airline.
While more than 20 hours on a plane may seem a long time, spare a thought for the passengers who first flew on the "Kangaroo Route" to London when Qantas launched it in 1947.
The airline's highest ever profit was delivered the previous year.
Qantas, which once again started offering a dividend in 2016 after seven years of not offering one, kept it at 7 cents a share.
Chief executive Alan Joyce said the result marked the completion of the company's turnaround plan which began in early 2014.
Statutory net profit was AU$1.18 billion, while revenue was down 1.4 percent to AU$5.63 billion as all of its transformation targets were delivered during the 12-month period.
A direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to London would cut up to four hours off the London journey - to just over 20 hours - and three hours for a direct flight to NY.
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The long hyped (and highly honorable) Qantas ambition for such epic duration flights to London as well as NYC from the eastern capitals of Australia are likely to be dusted off for another run at the announcement later this morning of the QF group's profits in the year to June 30.
"We tackled some hard structural issues, became a lot more efficient and kept improving customer service". "We believe advances in the next few years will close the gap, and Qantas has the unique operational experience to be the airline that helps make it happen".
All of the segments have done well, said an industry analyst in Melbourne.
I don't mind the idea of a 20-hour flight, as long as the timing of meals is predictable so I can plan my sleeping correctly.
"The buyback, while expected, also highlights that the board sees the current share price continues to undervalue Qantas", he said.
"Qantas has issued a challenge to both Airbus and Boeing to extend the range of the new aircraft under development and make these nonstop flights possible by 2022".
"That moderated in the second half and we're seeing that trend continuing", Joyce said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's Betty Liu and Yvonne Man on Friday.
After initially falling on the news, Qantas shares regained altitude to be up nearly 1 per cent to $5.85 at midday (AEST).