Qantas past year launched the first tell carrier from the western Australian city of Perth to London, with the 17-hour inch one in all the longest passenger flights on this planet. First, it announced and then implemented non-stop 17-hour flights from Perth to London; however if you live on the east coast, you still have to get to Western Australia. The first flight QF7879 from NY to Sydney has already taken off.
Up to 40 passengers and crew - a lot of them Qantas employees - will be on board the Boeing 787-9 when it departs Fresh York on Friday. It is a key check run as Qantas prepares to start out direct industrial companies connecting Sydney with NY and London as quickly as 2022.
This is the first of 3 test fights between Sydney and NY by Qantas.
Air traffic tracker Flightradar24 announced the 16,013km trip was underway from JFK Airport with a close-to-maximum takeoff weight of 254,000kg.
However, 40 crew members have embarked on this journey.
The study, which is the first of its kind in the world, will be conducted by scientists from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre as well as researchers from the government's Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, who will monitor the sleep cycles and alertness levels of the pilots and cabin crew.
- QF 7879 non-stop flight from NY to Sydney will take around 19-and-a-half hours subject to wind and weather conditions on the day. 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.
The flight the plane took according to tracking site FlightRadar.
After the test flights, the new planes will enter commercial service.
But the reality of these long hour flights becoming every day flights is 'ultimately a business decision, ' Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.
This takes advantage of jet streams or to avoid storms and winds that could result in less fuel efficient flights. All carbon emissions from the flight and two other scheduled research flights would be offset, Qantas said. Meanwhile, the aircraft-turned-testing-laboratory will be delivered to Qantas just prior to each flight.
Qantas pilots dangle raised issues regarding the affect of ultra prolonged-differ flying on security requirements.
Booze and noise-canceling headphones are among the strategies Qantas passengers are using to help them snooze and combat jetlag during increasingly long journeys on the Australian carrier.
Airbus and Boeing have pitched aircraft (the A350 and 777X respectively) with the range to operate Project Sunrise flights on a commercial basis.
"There is plenty of enthusiasm for Sunrise but I have to say it is not a foregone conclusion", Mr Joyce said in August.
"We know that going outdoors for sunlight at the destination is one of the most important strategies for syncing the body clock, but only 47 per cent of passengers made the effort to do it", she said.