QF7879, a Qantas research flight, landed on Sunday morning in Sydney – a whopping 19 hours and 16 minutes after starting its 16 km journey from New York. The airline said it was the first commercial nonstop flight connecting the two cities.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, one of 49 passengers and crew members aboard the test flight, raved about landing on the Australian airline – and the aerospace industry as a whole – had just reached a milestone.
"This is a truly historic moment for Qantas, a truly historic moment for Australian aviation and a truly historic moment for world aviation," said Joyce, according to Reuters-stop commercial flight history in Sydney. # 9News pic.twitter.com/PRJU9lrUpL
Qantas said the test flight was used to conduct a series of experiments "To gauge the impact of long-haul flights on pilots, passengers and crew, the company has also decided whether the non-stop flight from New York to Sydney – the longest airliner in the world – should be added to travel – to its regular deployment.
Qantas said it also considers possible direct flights between London and Sydney as well as direct services between two other major Australian cities – Melbourne and Brisbane – with London and New York.
The airline has announced that it will conduct a test flight from London to Sydney next month and expects to make a decision on the possible new routes by the end of the year. If approved, flights could start in 2022 or 2023.
As Reuters noted, currently no Commercial aircraft used to complete a continuous flight from New York to Sydney with full charge.
For his test flight this weekend, Qantas had few passengers, limited baggage and no cargo. The flight also started with maximum fuel.
Qantas captain Sean Golding, who led the four pilots in rotation mode during the flight, said the trip was "smooth".
"On the whole, we are very happy with the flight history and the great performance. Some of the data we need to evaluate the transformation into a regular service," says a statement by Golding.
All aboard the research flight carried surveillance equipment carried out by researchers from Sydney University and Monash University. Use this information to determine how factors such as lighting, eating, drinking and sleeping patterns affect the health and well-being of Affect passengers and crew members. Those on board were also instructed to keep sleeping diaries before and after the flight.
"When it comes to jetlag experience, people seem to be totally different – and we need to investigate what contributes to jet lag and travel fatigue. This will allow us to try to reduce the impact of long-haul flights, "said Stephen Simpson of Charles Perkins Center, University of Sydney, to CNN Travel.
"We still have a long way to go to understand how different the influences – including nutrition, hydration, exercise, sleep and light – could work together to the maximum benefit," added Simpson.
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