An airline from Australia, Qantas, is conducting a study of the 20 hours non-stop flight effect to the passenger’s physical.
Qantas will conduct long-distance research flights from London (England) and New York (United States) to Sydney, Australia. The research flight, which is part of the Qantas Sunrise Project, was conceived to collect new data on the health and comfort of passengers and crew before the ultra-long-distance commercial flights start. Qantas plans to operate regular non-stop commercial flights from three cities on Australia’s east coast (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York. This flight is expected to take 19-20 hours.
The research flight is planned to last three months using a new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Instead of flying empty without passengers from Seattle to Australia, Qantas will simulate two Project Sunrise routes; London and New York to Sydney by carrying 40 passengers and flight crew as needed. In addition to examine the effects of non-stop long distance flight on passengers and crew, it’s also to examine the technical aspects involved, such as fuel requirements needed, including research on carbon emissions from this flight.
The study was conducted jointly with the Charles Perkins Center of Sydney University, and with Monash University together with CRC to examine issues of vigilance, safety, and productivity.
The aircraft passengers, most of whom are employees of Qantas – will be equipped with special technological devices to determine the effects of flight on the body of a passenger. Scientists and medical experts from the Charles Perkins Center will monitor sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movement, and the effects of in-flight entertainment facilities on health, well-being, and body clocks.
Meanwhile, researchers from Monash University will record the performance of aircraft pilots before, during, and after the flight. The aircraft pilot will be equipped with an EEG (electroencephalogram) tool to track brain wave patterns and monitor vigilance. The purpose of installing this tool is to collect data that can later be used to help build optimal work and rest patterns for pilots operating long-haul flights.
The CEO of Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, said that the airline would provide medical experts the opportunity to conduct real-time research that could become a substantial data to improve flight health and comfort.
“Flying great distances presents many questions about the comfort and welfare of passengers and crew. This flight will provide invaluable data to help answer it, “said Alan Joyce on August 22.
“For passengers, the key is to minimize jet lag by creating a calm and pleasant flight environment. For flight crew, it’s about using scientific research data to get the best chance of increasing their alertness while on duty and maximizing rest in between flight schedules,” Alan added.
Non-stop flights from Australia’s East Coast to London and New York open a new chapter in commercial flight routes. Qantas wish to start direct flights connecting Sydney to New York and London shortly after 2022. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce described the service as the farthest limit for a flight.
Qantas itself has not specified the type of aircraft that will be used to fly the two commercial routes in the future. This Australian company has not decided yet. Most probably they will either use aircraft by Boeing or Airbus.
As quoted by Time, Joyce said that they plan to choose Boeing 777-8X or Airbus A350-900ULR and -1000ULR for ultra-long flights between 16,000-17,000 kilometers.
Reprted in bahasa by Rasantika M Seta.