There are two flights coming as part of Project Sunrise, Qanta's greater effort to study health on long-haul trips. A flight from London to Sydney is scheduled for November, while a repeat flight from New York to Sydney arrives in December. A decision on the initiative is expected by the end of 201
Some of the potential benefits are already clear. While this flight departed three hours later than Qantas' usual one-stop service, it came a little ahead – a lot of time was saved. Qantas' decision to leave the lights for the first six hours of the flight (to recreate conditions in Sydney) also helped fight jet lag right away.
However, there is at least one obstacle that can prevent flights like this from becoming regular occurrences. Qantas had to put strict restrictions on the number of people on board to save fuel, with only 49 passengers and crew flying aboard a Boeing 787-9 which typically seats 280. All travelers will likely have to pay a premium on an already expensive flight to make up for the low proportion. If not considered an obstacle, non-flights like this can be a viable option if time is of the essence … or if you really hate layoffs.