Qanta & # 39; s human guinea pig & # 39; s are preparing for the longest non-stop flight from New York to Sydney

Human guinea pigs are preparing for the longest non-stop flight: scientists on a 19-hour Qantas 787 journey from New York to Sydney will test passengers to see how they handle this

  • The flight will carry a maximum of 40 people, including crew, to minimize weight
  • Scientists will assess the impact of the flight on health, well-being and body clock
  • MailOnline Travel is on board the research flight from London to Sydney from Qantas
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No commercial airline has ever flown non-stop from New York to Australia, but that is about to change.

On Friday a brand new Qantas Boeing 787-9 departs from the Big Apple and flies directly to Sydney.

But there are no passengers paying the rates – only human guinea pigs.

On Friday a brand new Qantas Boeing 787-9 departs from the Big Apple and flies directly to Sydney

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On Friday a brand new Qantas Boeing 787-9 departs from the Big Apple and flies directly to Sydney

This is a research flight that Qantas is conducting to collect data on the health and well-being of passengers and crew during ultra-long distant journeys prior to & # 39; Project Sunrise & # 39; – non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.

The flight will consist of a maximum of 40 people, including crew, to minimize weight and ensure the necessary fuel range. The CO2 emissions of the flights are fully compensated, says Qantas.

The research on board is set up in collaboration with Charles Perkins Center of the University of Sydney and Monash University.

People in the cabin – usually Qantas employees – will be equipped with portable technology devices and participate in specific experiences at different stages of the flight.

Scientists and medical experts from the Charles Perkins Center will monitor sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movements and entertainment on board to assess the impact on health, well-being and body clock.

Monash University researchers will collaborate with pilots to determine crew melatonin levels before, during and after flights.

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Pilots wear an EEG (electro-encephalogram) device that tracks brain wave patterns and monitors alertness. The goal, says Qantas, is to collect data to help build the optimal work and rest pattern for pilots operating long-haul flights.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the flights give medical experts the opportunity to do real-time research that will translate into health and well-being benefits.

People in the cabin - usually Qantas employees - will be equipped with portable technology devices and participate in specific experiences at different stages of the flight

People in the cabin - usually Qantas employees - will be equipped with portable technology devices and participate in specific experiences at different stages of the flight

People in the cabin – usually Qantas employees – will be equipped with portable technology devices and participate in specific experiences at different stages of the flight

PROJECT SUNRISE RESEARCH FLIGHTS – IMPORTANT FACTS

  • Non-stop flights on brand-new 787-9 & # 39; s from New York and London to Sydney each take approximately 19 hours, depending on wind and weather conditions. The data is used to inform all Sunrise flight planning, including from Brisbane and Melbourne.
  • The cabins are fully equipped and otherwise ready for normal commercial services.
  • Flights have a maximum of 40 people (including crew) on board and a minimum of luggage and catering to expand the range of 787-9.
  • Aside from the crew, those in the cabin are usually Qantas employees participating in tests. No seats are sold, as these flights are for research purposes only.
  • After the flights, every brand new aircraft will be regularly employed by Qantas International – with just a few extra miles on the clock.
  • Qantas & # 39; has the largest CO2 compensation scheme in the world & # 39 ;. The same program will be used to offset all carbon emissions from the three flights.
  • No commercial airline has ever flown directly from New York to Australia. Qantas once flew non-stop from London to Sydney in 1989 to mark the commissioning of the Boeing 747-400. That flight had a total of 23 people on board and minimal internal equipment to offer the range. The aircraft, registered VH-OJA, was donated by Qantas in 2017 to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society near Wollongong, New South Wales.

He said: & # 39; Ultra long-haul flights offers common sense questions about the comfort and well-being of passengers and crew. These flights will provide valuable data to help answer them.

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& # 39; For customers, the key is to minimize jet lag and create an environment where they look forward to a restful, enjoyable flight. For the crew, it is about using scientific research to determine the best opportunities to promote alertness when on duty and to maximize rest during their downtime on these flights.

& # 39; Non-stop flying from the east coast of Australia to London and New York is really the final limit in aviation, so we are determined to do all the groundwork to get this right.

& # 39; No airline has done this kind of dedicated research before and we will use the results to shape the cabin design, on-board service and crew roster for Project Sunrise. We will also look at how we can use it to improve our existing long-haul flights. & # 39;

Qantas has already implemented passenger sleep strategy data on its direct Perth to London service, and some of these initial findings will be further assessed as part of these special investigative flights. Customer feedback on food choices, individual stretch and well-being zones and entertainment options is also being tested.

Findings on crew welfare data will be shared with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to help inform legal requirements regarding ultra long-haul flights.

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Airbus and Boeing both have pitched planes (A350 and 777X) to Qantas that are able to perform Project Sunrise flights with a feasible commercial load.

A final decision on Project Sunrise – which depends on the aircraft economy, regulatory approvals and industrial agreements – is expected by the end of December 2019.

Joyce added: “There is a lot of enthusiasm for Sunrise, but it's not a done deal. This is ultimately a business decision and the economy needs to pile up. & # 39;

Qantas will conduct another research flight from London to Sydney in November – and MailOnline Travel will be on board.

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