Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2019
Qantas Airlines launched a research flight on Thursday that departed from London Heathrow Airport and bound for Sydney Airport.
This is Qantas’s second research flight supposed to explore the effects of jet lag over longer distances.
The London to Sydney flight will be the longest in the world in terms of distance. Flight time is supposed to be just over 19 hours.
The first research flight of Qantas Airlines, which flew from New York to Sydney four weeks ago, also took a similar time.
The London to Sydney flight happens to be 1500 km longer than the initial test flights. However, the flying time will be almost the same in both the research flights.
The research flights have been launched as part of the Project Sunrise. The project is part of Qantas Airline’s effort to ascertain the viability of launching commercial non-stop flights from Australia’s East Coast to London and New York.
Earlier this morning, flight number QF7879 took off at 6:10 am this morning. The flight is expected to reach Sydney at 12:18 pm on Friday, November 15.
Altogether 52 test passengers and crew are on board and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be travelling around 930 km per hour.
It will be flying with a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet and increase to 40,000 feet after burning of fuel.
Passengers boarded the flight in early hours of Thursday morning. They can look forward to eating an evening meal in a few hours of time. An in-flight supper will be served to the passengers after departure to encourage them to fall asleep at around 10 am.
This is part of the plan to help passengers to adjust their body clocks to Sydney time as quickly as possible. Cabin lighting and the temperature have also been controlled so that it induces sleep when required and help passengers be awake at the right times.