(Oct 18): Qantas Airways will ditch the traditional in-flight service routine for this weekend’s marathon nonstop trip from New York to Sydney.
At almost 20 hours, the unprecedented journey is set to be the world’s longest flight. It’s a key test run as Qantas prepares to start direct commercial services connecting Sydney with New York and London as soon as 2022.
As part of research aimed at reducing jet lag, passengers on board will effectively switch to Sydney time as soon as they leave New York late Friday. Rather than following the standard practice of serving food and dimming the lights after takeoff, Qantas plans to keep everyone awake for six hours. They’ll be helped by food containing hot peppers and spices.