Qantas' new planes will have 'wellbeing zones' for 19-hour flights

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News Story Source:, BY ROB VERGER
In the last three months of 2019, well before the pandemic's worldwide effect on air travel, Qantas Airlines operated three very long "research flights," as it described them, to gauge the effects of all that time in the air on the well-being of the passengers and crew. Part of an initiative called "Project Sunrise," the flights were ultra-long-hauls that each lasted more than 19 hours. For example, the second of the flights saw a Boeing 787 Dreamliner cruising from London to Sydney in November, with a tidy flight time of 19 hours and 19 minutes. 

Today, Qantas announced that it was gearing up for takeoff for more flights like that, with an order for a dozen new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, all of which will be "capable of flying direct from Australia to any other city including New York and London," the company said in a statement. Those flights are set to begin at the start of 2025, Qantas said, and if the air time
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