Qantas plans three ‘Project Sunrise’ research services by YE2019

    Qantas announced (22-Aug-2019) plans to operate three ‘Project Sunrise’ ultra long haul research services with Boeing 787-9 equipment, to gather new data about inflight passenger and crew health and wellbeing. Three services will be operated over three months: one London-Sydney nonstop and two New York-Sydney nonstop, with each aircraft originating in Seattle as a new delivery. Each service will have a maximum of 40 people, including crew, in order to minimise weight and give the necessary fuel range, with carbon emissions from the flights to be fully offset. The onboard research is being designed in partnership with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre and Monash University in conjunction with CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity. Passengers and crew on board will be fitted with wearable technology devices and take part in specific experiences at varying stages of the approximately 19 hour services. Passengers will be monitored for sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movement and inflight entertainment to assess impact on health, wellbeing and the body clock. Pilots will wear an electroencephalogram device to track brain wave patterns and monitor alertness, aiming to establish data to assist in building the optimum work and rest pattern for pilots operating long haul services. Airbus and Boeing have both pitched aircraft that are capable of operating Project Sunrise flights with a viable commercial payload. A final decision on Project Sunrise is expected by the end of Dec-2019.