Qantas is testing record-breaking, 19-hour flights from JFK to Sidney.
Although the direct flights substantially decrease total travel time, they stress passengers’ and crews’ physical limits. In order to convince regulators that the flights are safe, Qantas is assessing the impact of extended duty times on its pilots and taking steps to minimize jet lag. The commercial viability of this technological breakthrough will depend on people’s tolerance for discomfort.
Video Spotlight: Fighting Jet Lag on a 19-Hour Flight
This post is based on the NBCnews.com article, Doing the ‘Macarena’ at 2 a.m. on Qantas’ Record-Breaking 19-Hour Flight, by T. Costello, October 21, 2019, and the YouTube video, What a 19-Hour Nonstop Flight Can Teach Us About Jet Lag, by the Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2019. Image source: kasto/123RF/Matej Kastelic.
1. For passengers, what are the advantages and disadvantages of taking the 19-hour flight?
Guidance: The advantages include decreased travel time with no layovers, more comfortable seating, larger windows, and pleasant ambient lighting in the Boeing 777x or Airbus A350-1000 planes that will be used for these flights. The disadvantages include physical discomfort and health risks from dehydration and limited movement, jet lag, safety Continue reading