Flying for 19 hours straight? It could become the new normal! Australian airline Qantas is currently testing 19-hour flights from Australia to New York (and vice versa). Meanwhile, they’re also monitoring crew and passengers’ reactions to the lengthy journey. Read on to discover what could become the new longest flight in the world!
Introducing Qantas Ultra Long Flights From Sydney To New York And London
Traveling, whether for vacation or work, could be the most challenging part of the entire trip. The longer the flight, the more inherent difficulties: delays, extremely short (or long!) overlays, no leg room on the plane, airplane food, and many more. However, thankfully, as the years have gone by, technologies have gotten better. Flights now regularly include live television, free movies, internet, and more! So, now, some airlines are pushing the limits of flights as we know them and are testing 17-19 hour flights.
Qantas, the famous Australian airline, is working on “Project Sunrise” – a series of test flights from Sydney to New York and London, using Boeing 787-9s. Each test will only feature 40 passengers and a crew. Qantas will monitor each flight carefully, analyzing the “new data about in-flight passenger and crew health and well being.”
Gathering Crucial Data
So, how will the airline monitor test passengers? Well, Qantas will fit passengers with sensors that measure and collect data such as sleep patterns, heart rate, movement, food and drink consumption, and more. After the flight, the statistics will head to Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre and Monash University for analysis. Obviously, a 19-hour flight could have significant effects on humans. If Qantas really wants to sell tickets on these long flights, every aspect must help make fliers more comfortable. The data collected could also help the airline develop more precise safety guidelines.
And Qantas won’t just monitor the passengers! Pilots will also wear electroencephalogram machines in order for the airline to monitor alertness and brainwaves. After all, if pilots can’t fly for 19 hours straight, the whole plan won’t work!
Other Ultra Long Flights
Of course, where one company goes, others will follow. Qantas isn’t the only airline working on insanely long flights to and from major cities. Singapore Airlines offers flights from Singapore to Newark with a duration of 17-18 hours. Those flights have no economy class but a “premium economy,” with more room generally for the body, more lighting and so on. Meanwhile, United Airlines and Emirates also offer 17-hour flights to Asia and the USA.
In an interview with The New York Times, the academic director of the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Center Stephen Simpson said, “The human body was not designed to cross several time zones in such a short time, so we are basically trying to trick it into believing it’s not.”