Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Qantas just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very long flights — in this case, 19 hours and 16 minutes. The study measured pilots’ brain waves, melatonin and overall alertness, while passengers helped gauge the effectiveness of anti-jetlag measures like changes to cabin lighting and meals. Travelers even participated in exercises to keep their bodies limber. There are two…

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Qantas plane aborts landing at Sydney Airport after wheel drama

A QANTAS flight was forced to abort its landing on final approach to Sydney Airport this afternoon after a “malfunction” alert sounded in the cockpit moments after its wheels were lowered. The Dash 8-300 flight from Canberra to Sydney was descending to runway about 1.45pm and was at 1300ft when the captain suddenly pushed the thrust, raised the wheels and climbed away from the busy air hub before turning the plane out to sea. An emergency vehicle arrives just as the aircraft touched down. Picture: Kerrie BuhagiarSource:Supplied Passengers remained calm…

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Wish you were here — Qantas revamps the Out of Office reply

The most boring email ever sent or received is getting a makeover in a genius marketing move by Qantas. The Flying Kangaroo has teamed up with Instagram to provide email account holders with a simple formula to link their “out of office reply” to photos from their Insta-account. It means when an out of office reply is sent it will come with a message and an array of travel pictures letting the receiver know they are on leave — and probably enjoying a great holiday. Clever … Qantas’s latest innovation…

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