Friday, 22 November 2019

World’s longest commercial flight makes history

(Qantas/File)

SYDNEY: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says airline passengers will be able to exercise mid-air if non-stop flights from New York to Sydney become a reality.

The Australian airline moved a step closer to realising its ambitions of launching ultra-long-haul travel after the world’s longest commercial flight successfully touched down at Sydney Airport this morning after a flight of just over 19 hours.

Fifty Qantas passengers and crew were fitted with technology devices to test their wellbeing during the flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from New York’s John F Kennedy Airport.

The research will be collected in the hopes of minimising jet lag and helping pilots manage their work and rest patterns.

Mr Joyce said this was the first of three test flights, to ensure flying such long distances could be done safely and comfortably.

“This is a really historic moment for Qantas, a really historic moment for Australian aviation and a really historic moment for world aviation,” Mr Joyce said.

“So we need to show that this can be done safely, it can be done with the rest that we have for the crews.”

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