Longest ever non-stop commercial flight lands in Sydney

22 Octobre, 2019, 08:56 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Qantas is weighing a rollout of regular services on marathon routes from the US and Britain to Australia

"It will help drive closer ties with companies headquartered in NY and spread Sydney's reputation as the place to do business, reducing flight time by hours and maximising time on the ground for travellers to our country".

Australian airline Qantas completed the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight on Sunday morning when it touched down at the Sydney airport.

"We were very interested in air traffic controllers as we crossed the airspace because of the unique nature of this flight", said Golding.

Scientists are working with the airline to develop ways to ensure passengers and crew get adequate rest and exercise, as well as establishing correct sleeping patterns.

Researchers closely monitored pilots and flight attendants, and tested a new cabin service flow meant to help minimize jetlag.

The Qantas flight is one of three being trialled this year.

The airline says the test journeys are just one facet of the work it is doing to ensure the flights are operated safely. However, if you're a hardened veteran of flying the friendly skies and think you can handle whatever the airlines throw at you, do you think you're prepared to spend 19-hours on a nonstop flight between NY and Sydney?

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The intent of this flight was to research the potential impacts of ultra-long-haul air travel on passengers and crew members. To give the plane the needed range, the Qantas flight took off with maximum fuel, only a few passengers, restricted baggage and no cargo.

The nonstop flight is shorter than the current New York City to Sydney Qantas flight with a stop in Los Angeles, which takes 22 hours and 20 minutes, according to the airliner's website.

Qantas claims that those flights' emissions will soon be completely offset.

Rather than starting with dinner and then lights off, as night flights typically operate, the research flight began with lunch and the lights were kept on for six hours to mirror the destination's time of day.

Qantas captain Sean Golding directed the four pilots running the service.

"Headwinds picked up overnight, which slowed us down to start with, but that was part of our scenario planning", he said. The latest is part of Qantas' Project Sunrise, a research venture hoped to advance aviation technology so that non-stop flights from Australia's east coast to London and NY also become a possibility.

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