Australian Airline Will Test Ultra-Long Flight

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 22, 2019

The airline also tested a redesigned cabin service, meant to help passengers minimize the effects of jetlag as they cross 15 time zones, and reduce the magnitude with which an ultra-long-haul flight can exacerbate those symptoms.

Two more test flights are planned for November as part of Project Sunrise, which is Qantas' plan to schedule regular commercial flights from Australia's coastal cities like Brisbane and Sydney to London and NY.

Qantas has taken to their newsroom section on their website to announce that they have broken the record for the longest non-stop commercial flight.

"This is really a major scoop for aviation", said Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce in a press release.

Four pilots were put on rotation throughout the flight and two additional pilots who flew the aircraft to NY were stationed in the cabin.

"It will help drive closer ties with companies headquartered in NY and spread Sydney's reputation as the place to do business, reducing flight time by hours and maximising time on the ground for travellers to our country", she said.

Qantas Flight 7879 lands in Sydney after a 19-hour flight from NY.

"We had a lot of interest from air traffic controllers as we crossed through different airspace because of the uniqueness of this flight", Golding said.

After the test flights, the new planes will enter commercial service.

In general, the ultra-long journey was "really smooth", said Qantas Capt. Sean Golding, who led the four pilots who operated the service.

Lighting, exercise, caffeine and a interesting meal maintain been then aged to preserve them conscious till what would be dusk in Sydney. QANTAS re-purposed a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the test flight with maximum fuel, a restricted passenger and baggage load, and no cargo, to allow the non-stop flight.

'The research we're doing should give us better strategies for improving comfort and well-being along the way'. The flight's cruising altitude started at 36,000 feet because of the extra fuel on board but increases to 40,000 feet as it burns off.

Researchers from Sydney University's Charles Perkins Centre, Monash University and the Alertness Safety and Productivity Cooperative Research Centre - a scientific program backed by the Australian government - will examine the impact of the long flight on those on board.

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