Australian airline Qantas has completed the longest non-stop
commercial passenger flight, researching the potential impacts of ultra-long haul flights on pilots, crew and passengers.
49 people on board, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight completed the
10,066-mile journey from New York to Sydney in 19 hours and 16 minutes.
Group Chief executive Alan Joyce said: "This is a really significant first
for aviation. Hopefully, it's a preview of a regular service that will speed up
how people travel from one side of the globe to the other."
Research into the health and
well-being of those on board were conducted during the flight with tests
ranging from monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness to
exercise classes for passengers.
added: "We know ultra long haul flights pose some extra challenges but
that's been true every time technology has allowed us to fly further. The
research we're doing should give us better strategies for improving comfort and
wellbeing along the way."
next test flight will take place in November, from London to Sydney, while
there will be another New York to Sydney flight before the end of the year.
has said it hopes to operate direct flights from three cities on Australia's
east coast -- Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane -- and New York and London by 2022
Sean Golding said: "Overall, we're really happy with how the flight went
and it's great have some of the data we need to help assess turning this into a
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.
in the main cabin wore monitoring devices, and experts from the Charles Perkins
Centre will study how their "health, wellbeing and body clock" was
impacted by a set of variables that include lighting, food and drink, movement,
sleep patterns and inflight entertainment.