Qantas will operate three “Project Sunrise Research Flights” to gain data regarding passenger and crew wellbeing.
- Re-purposed 787-9 delivery flights scheduled for October, November and December
- On-board research to test ways of improving wellbeing on ultra long-haul flights
- Made possible by carrying 40 people to increase aircraft range
The flights will take around 19 hours each.
- The aircraft will position from Boeing’s factory in Seattle, where they will be collected off the production line by Qantas pilots, and flown to their starting points of New York (for two of the flights) and London (for one flight). Cabins will be fully fitted out and otherwise ready to enter normal commercial service.
Other than crew, those in the cabin will mostly be Qantas employees taking part in testing. No seats will be sold as these flights are for research purposes only. (sad face)
This is great news. It’ll be very interesting to see the future of these routes once Qantas selects the proposed A350/777X models.