MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A Qantas aeroplane takes off at Melbourne Airport on October 31, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Qantas flights are expected to return to the skies at 2:00pm today, after a decision by Fair Work Australia to terminate the industrial action that grounded the airline from Saturday. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Qantas Airlines completed the first ever non-stop flight from New York to Sydney, Australia, in order to test crew fatigue and passenger jet lag on extreme long haul flights.
The flight took about 19 hours and 16 minute with the 787 Boeing Dreamliner touching down in Australia on Sunday morning, making it the world's longest flight.
There were 49 people on board and the tests included monitoring brain waves and melatonin levels of the pilots as well as testing the alertness and exercise classes for the passengers.
Officials are hoping that the data collected will help in assessing if ultra long flights like this can become a regular service.
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