Record-breaking 19-hour flight from New York to Sydney
Qantas completed a record-breaking 19 hour and 16-minute flight, from New York to Sydney.
The research flight carried a total of 49 passengers and crew and ran experiments to assess the health of those on board.
The airline said they had monitored “pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness”. The world’s longest flight also tested cabin lighting and adjusting in-flight meal timing to reduce jetlag. They also included exercise classes.
“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,” said Alan Joyce, Qantas Group’s CEO who was one of the people on board the flight.
“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.”
Qantas captain Sean Golding led the four pilots operating the service.
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