Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce (C) and crew celebrating in entrance of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The longest continuous passenger flight touched down in Australia Sunday morning after greater than 19 hours within the air, a milestone journey from New York that Qantas hopes to parlay into business success.
Qantas flight QF7879 took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly direct from New York to Sydney within the first of three “extremely long-haul” journeys deliberate by the airline this 12 months.
The nationwide flag provider is working the check flights — which additionally embody one from London to Sydney — because it weighs a rollout of standard providers on marathon routes from the US and Britain to Australia.
Simply 49 folks travelled on the Boeing 787-9 to minimise the load on board and provides the aircraft enough gasoline vary to journey greater than 16,000 kilometres (9,500 miles) with out re-fuelling.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce known as it “a extremely historic second” for each the airline and world aviation.
“That is the primary of three check flights that is going to provide you with suggestions about how we handle pilot fatigue (and) how we truly handle passenger jetlag,” he advised reporters after arriving in Sydney.
“After 19 hours on this flight, I feel we have gotten this proper. It looks like we have been on a flight so much shorter than that.”
Qantas partnered with two Australian universities to observe how jetlag affected the well being of passengers and crew members as they crossed a number of time zones.
After boarding the flight, passengers set their watches to Sydney time and had been stored awake till night time fell in jap Australia with lighting, train, caffeine and a spicy meal.
Six hours later, they had been served a high-carbohydrate meal, advised to keep away from screens, and the lights had been dimmed to encourage them to sleep by the night time.
Professor Marie Carroll, a researcher from Sydney College who carried out the experiment, advised AFP that she anticipated the modern strategy would lead to “completely minimal” jetlag.
“I count on that they are going to have a standard day at present and a standard night time’s sleep tonight,” she mentioned, including that she felt “amazingly good” contemplating the flight time.
“It is all an experiment to see if airways can alter their schedule of meals, drinks, train and lighting to be in sync with the vacation spot time.”
The 4 pilots on board — who rotated between flying duties — additionally wore units that tracked their mind waves and application.
The Australian and Worldwide Pilots Affiliation, which represents Qantas pilots, has raised issues about whether or not pilots will get sufficient high quality relaxation throughout extremely long-range flights to keep up peak efficiency.
It has known as for a “scientific long-term research” into the impacts on crews.
The airline says the check journeys are only one side of the work it’s doing to make sure the flights are operated safely.
Qantas final 12 months launched the primary direct service from the western Australian metropolis of Perth to London, with the 17-hour journey one of many longest passenger flights on the planet.
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