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Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test air travel restrictions



There are two more fields that come as part of Project Sunrise, Qantas's larger effort to study health in long-distance travel. The London to Sydney flight is due in November, and the New York to Sydney re-flight is due in December. A decision on the initiative is expected before the end of 201

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Some of the potential gains are already clear. While this flight left three hours later than the usual one-stop-shop at Qantas, it arrived slightly ahead – much time saved. Also, Qantas' decision to leave the lights on for the first six hours of the flight (to replicate conditions in Sydney) helped fight jetlag immediately.

However, there is at least one obstacle that could prevent flights like this from occurring regularly. Qantas had to put strict limits on the number of people on board to save fuel, with only 49 passengers and crew flying aboard a Boeing 787-9, which typically owns 280. Each passenger will probably have to pay a premium for the already expensive flight to compensate for the low number. Unless this is considered a hindrance, non-stop flights like this could be a viable option if the weather is essential … or if you really, really hate takeoffs.


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