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US News The longest flight in the world just landed after nearly 20 hours in the air

02:45  20 october  2019
02:45  20 october  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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The flight , the first nonstop between New York City and Australia, landed in Sydney after almost 20 hours as Qantas studied the flight 's feasibility. But as some flights get longer , the question is whether passengers and flight crews can tolerate more hours in the air without a layover to break

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Australian airline Qantas successfully completed the first-ever nonstop flight between New York City and Australia, landing in Sydney just before 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Sydney time, after 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air.

The flight, designated QF7879, became the longest commercial flight in the world, surpassing Singapore Airlines' regular commercial service between Singapore and New York.

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The flight , like any, must face wind and weather conditions of the day. Australian airline Qantas is testing its first nearly 20 - hour nonstop flight from New The safest airline in the world is Qantas, according to a new list from product ranking website AirlineRatings.com. Scroll through the gallery to

Qantas also plans to test a nonstop flight from London to Sydney in the coming months. That route would be about 500 miles longer, adding up to an hour of flight time.

Aeroplanes and airlines are more technically advanced than ever before, with better fuel efficiency, longer ranges, and computer-aided logistical planning. But as some flights get longer, the question is whether passengers and flight crews can tolerate more hours in the air without a layover to break things up.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (left to right) Qantas flight crew First Officer Jeremy Sutherland, Captain Sean Golding and second officers Lauren Drysdale and Jason MacDonald on October 17, 2019 in New York City. Qantas is the first commercial airline to ever fly direct from New York to Sydney and the 19-hour flight taking off on October 18, 2019 from New York's JFK airport is restricted to 50 people including crew to increase aircraft range, and will include medical scientists and health experts on board to conduct studies in the cockpit and the cabin to help determine strategies to promote long haul inflight health and wellbeing on ultra-long haul flights. It comes as the national carrier continues to work towards the final frontier of global aviation by launching non-stop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project dubbed © 2019 James D. Morgan NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (left to right) Qantas flight crew First Officer Jeremy Sutherland, Captain Sean Golding and second officers Lauren Drysdale and Jason MacDonald on October 17, 2019 in New York City. Qantas is the first commercial airline to ever fly direct from New York to Sydney and the 19-hour flight taking off on October 18, 2019 from New York's JFK airport is restricted to 50 people including crew to increase aircraft range, and will include medical scientists and health experts on board to conduct studies in the cockpit and the cabin to help determine strategies to promote long haul inflight health and wellbeing on ultra-long haul flights. It comes as the national carrier continues to work towards the final frontier of global aviation by launching non-stop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project dubbed "Project Sunrise". (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images for Qantas)

Qantas used the flight - and plans to do the same for the London flight - to conduct research into how pilots, cabin crews, and passengers coped with the long flight time, as well as to test efforts to minimise the impact of jetlag as passengers cross 15 time zones.

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At 20 hours , it would be the world 's longest flight , surpassing Singapore Airlines' nonstop flight to But as some flights get longer , the question is whether passengers and flight crews can tolerate more hours Nearly 20 hours in the air is a long time, particularly when you add time spent waiting for

At nearly 20 hours , it’s set to be the world ’s longest flight , leaving the U.S. on Friday and landing in Australia during its Sunday morning. The potential customer base is staggering. The International Air Transport Association expects some 4.6 billion people to take a flight in 2019, a total that will jump to

The flight - a repurposed delivery flight of a new Boeing 787-9, from Boeing's Seattle plant - only had 40 passengers and 10 crew, including four on-duty pilots. Passengers included several Qantas frequent flyers participating in the research study, off-duty Qantas employees, researchers, and media, including this reporter.

The flight with a full load of passengers and cargo is not currently possible - the heavier load would reduce the plane's range.

a group of people posing for the camera: Captain Sean Golding, the pilot-in-charge of the first Project Sunrise test flight, with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Captain Lisa Norman. The test flight landed in Sydney 19 hours and 16 minutes after leaving New York. Captain Sean Golding, the pilot-in-charge of the first Project Sunrise test flight, with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Captain Lisa Norman. The test flight landed in Sydney 19 hours and 16 minutes after leaving New York.

Two planes in development from Airbus and Boeing would have that capability. Qantas has said that it will decide by the end of 2019 which one it will use and that it expects to start commercial service as early as 2023, Alan Joyce, Quantas' CEO, said. The airline had previously hoped to launch service by 2022 or 2023.

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Due to the low passenger load, each passenger was allocated a business class seat that could convert into a bed, although passengers were encouraged to spend time in the coach cabin in order to balance the plane.

"I feel better than I usually do," Nick Mole, one of the passengers in the research study, told Business Insider about 17 hours into the flight. Mr. Mole often flies in business class, but said that he feels better rested after an ultra-long-haul direct flight, rather than one with a connection, including Qantas' service to New York via Los Angeles.

"I'm not sure I'd want to do 20 hours in the back of the plane, though," he added.

As part of the flight, Qantas altered the normal service routine, adjusting to Sydney time as soon as the plane was in the air. Cabin lighting, meal services, and food options were tailored to help passengers and crew either feel more awake, or be more attuned to nighttime. The "lunch" meal - served at around 11:15 p.m. New York time - included options like spicy tomato soup, a spicy Mexican-style chicken breast, and braised beef short ribs, while the "dinner" meal - at around 4:15 a.m. New York time - included carbohydrate-heavy options and comfort food.

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QANTAS are launching the first test route of the longest direct flight in the world , taking 20 hours . The 10,000 mile flight will travel from New York to Passengers currently travelling to Sydney from the UK can fly with Emirates, taking 22 hours with a stopover in Dubai; or Qantas, taking nearly 25

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (left to right) Qantas flight crew First Officer Jeremy Sutherland, Captain Sean Golding and second officers Lauren Drysdale and Jason MacDonald on October 17, 2019 in New York City. Qantas is the first commercial airline to ever fly direct from New York to Sydney and the 19-hour flight taking off on October 18, 2019 from New York's JFK airport is restricted to 50 people including crew to increase aircraft range, and will include medical scientists and health experts on board to conduct studies in the cockpit and the cabin to help determine strategies to promote long haul inflight health and wellbeing on ultra-long haul flights. It comes as the national carrier continues to work towards the final frontier of global aviation by launching non-stop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project dubbed © 2019 James D. Morgan NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (left to right) Qantas flight crew First Officer Jeremy Sutherland, Captain Sean Golding and second officers Lauren Drysdale and Jason MacDonald on October 17, 2019 in New York City. Qantas is the first commercial airline to ever fly direct from New York to Sydney and the 19-hour flight taking off on October 18, 2019 from New York's JFK airport is restricted to 50 people including crew to increase aircraft range, and will include medical scientists and health experts on board to conduct studies in the cockpit and the cabin to help determine strategies to promote long haul inflight health and wellbeing on ultra-long haul flights. It comes as the national carrier continues to work towards the final frontier of global aviation by launching non-stop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project dubbed "Project Sunrise". (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images for Qantas)

"The timing and service helped," Mole said. "I got some good uninterrupted sleep."

The primary flight crew, which also took part in extensive testing, including brain-wave measurements and melatonin analyses, also ate the adapted meals and worked on a custom tailored shift schedule.

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The eastbound flight from Doha (DOH), Qatar, is normally scheduled to take 16 hours and 20 Today’s inaugural journey landed in Auckland around 15 minutes early, even after departing from So today’s Qatar flight is the world ’s longest by time and by point-to-point distance, but Air India travels

The thought of being squeezed inside a metal tube for several hours may be daunting enough for some, but imagine being on an aircraft for over 20 hours . Sydney to London direct and Sydney to New York direct with Qantas will follow the longest flight in the world on Singapore airlines Newark a350.

The pilot-in-charge, Captain Sean Golding, described the shift period for the four pilots, who worked in two shifts:

"The whole crew will be on for the first hour-and-a-half. Then, I'll take a two-and-a-half hour break. I'll work for the next five-and-a-half hours, sleep for the next five-and-a-half, work the next two-and-a-half, and we'll all be on for the final approach and landing."

"Sometimes, I sleep better on the long-haul flights than I do at home," he added.

Business Insider will be publishing a full behind-the-scenes report from Qantas' first Project Sunrise test flight.

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