Qantas Conducting Ultra-Long-Haul Research Flights
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Australian airline Qantas has announced that it will be conducting three research flights to study the effects of ultra-long-haul routes on passengers and flight crew.The flights will make use of planned deliveries of three new Boeing 787-9s, which
Australian airline Qantas has announced that it will beconducting three research flights to study the effects of ultra-long-haul routeson passengers and flight crew.The flights will make use of planned deliveriesof three new Boeing 787-9s, which would typically be flown empty from Boeing’sfacility in Seattle, Washington, to Australia.Instead of going direct, two aircraftwill be flown to New York and one to London, after which they will fly non-stopto Sydney, Australia, to simulate the 19-plus hour routes that Qantas is hopingto open under the title Project Sunrise.To make the distance, each flight will carry a maximum of 40people – primarily airline employees.According to Qantas, those travelling inthe cabin will be outfitted with “wearable technology devices” while medicalexperts from Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre monitor sleep patterns,food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movement and inflightentertainment to “assess impact on health, wellbeing and body clock.” Thepilots will be wearing electroencephalograms (EEGs), which will track brainwave patterns and alertness.That part of the study will be conducted by researchersfrom Melbourne-based Monash University. “Ultra-long haul flying presents a lot of common sensequestions about the comfort and wellbeing of passengers and crew,” said QantasGroup CEO Alan Joyce. “These flights are going to provide invaluable data tohelp answer them.” Data from the flights will be used to inform health andwellbeing plans – including crew work-and-rest rotations – for Project Sunrise,which was announced in 2017 with the goal of opening regular, non-stopcommercial routes from the east coast of Australia to ultra-long-hauldestinations including London and New York.The research flights are scheduled to takeplace in October, November and December.The airline has not yet selected an aircraft for Project Sunrise with both Boeing and Airbus looking to develop the right vehicle for the job.Boeing’s recently delayed 777-8 and an ultra-long-range version of the Airbus A350 are under consideration.Qantas is expected to announced its choice by the end of the year. . The post Qantas Conducting Ultra-Long-Haul Research Flights appeared first on AVweb .