Qantas Airlines completing a nearly 20 hour non-stop research flight from London to Sydney, Friday morning as part of the airline’s Project Sunrise.
52 passengers and crewmembers aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, witnessing two sunrises on their route. But, it’s not just about the view. The goal is to test how these ultra-long-haul flights impact crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.
Six business class flyers wore devices allowing researchers to analyze their food intake, sleep patterns, lighting, and physical activity, while the pilots’ alertness and brain wave patterns were monitored. And if you’re worried about being crammed in coach, Qantas says they’ve made some adjustments.
This successful journey follows a similar flight last month from New York to Sydney. Qantas’ ultimate goal is to operate regular long-haul commercial flights between New York and London, onto major eastern cities of Australia.
If the program takes off, the route would be launched in 2023. Qantas is planning another New York to Sydney research flight next month.