Qantas completes test of longest non-stop passenger flight

Marco Green
October 22, 2019

"Around me, passengers are standing up just to stay awake". But almost a full day in a pressured metal tube alternating between roughly 34,000 and 42,000 feet above the Earth - most of that above the Pacific Ocean.

Straight after boarding the flight at 9pm in NY the passengers maintain been told to living their watches to Sydney hours, the build it used to be lunchtime.

Qantas will determine in December about whether the ultra-long-haul flights will input service.

The longest nonstop commercial flight that is offered is Singapore Airlines' 18-hour-and-45-minute route from Singapore to Newark, which debuted past year.

Instead of starting with dinner and then going out, since night flights are usually operated, the research flight started with lunch and the lights were kept on for six hours to reflect the time of the destination.

"So we need to show that this can be done safely, it can be done with the rest that we have for the crews".

The aircraft Qantas will use for this test is a Boeing 787-9. The pilots are also under the microscope, wearing ECG (electroencephalogram) devices to measure brain activity and help provide data on the optimum working conditions for pilots on such flights.

In a report by Daily Mail, the passengers were largely made up of Qantas employees with numbers restricted to minimise the weight on board. The plane did not stop once to refuel during the 10,000 mile-journey - something no other aircraft has achieved.

Two planes in development from Airbus and Boeing would be capable of flying these routes.

CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, said the success of the flight was a historic moment for the airline. The airline had previously hoped to launch service by 2022. All were in business class.

Oh, and because this is a commercial airline, they've also been checking out the impact of lighting, in-flight entertainment, and physical movement on the overall health of passengers.

The data will also be shared with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority to help inform regulatory requirements associated with ultra-long-haul flights over 20 hours.

The flight landed today in Australia after a whopping flight-time of 19 hours 16 minutes. The pilots will take turns rotating with one another during the flight.

From takeoff to landing, plus before and after, read on to see what the 19-hour and 16-minute flight was like.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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