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Qantas tests 20-hour non-stop flights to see if passengers can bear it

Qantas Airways Ltd. will run marathon ghost flights from New York and London to Sydney carrying just a few staff to see how the human body holds up before commercial services start.

Qantas said Thursday it will simulate the world’s longest direct flights with Boeing Co. Dreamliners as soon as October. The payload of 40 passengers and crew, most of them employees, will undergo a host of medical checks and assessments.

The Australian airline wants to start direct flights connecting Sydney to New York and London as soon as 2022. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce calls the services aviation’s final frontier.

The services, which take about 20 hours, aren’t yet a sure thing. Qantas still hasn’t decided on a Boeing or Airbus SE plane that can fly the route fully laden and without a break. And it’s not clear how passengers will tolerate living in the cabin for the best part of a day and night.

“The things we learn on these flights will be invaluable,” Joyce said on a call Thursday.

Joyce has previously said he plans to choose either Boeing’s 777-8X or Airbus’ ultra-long-range A350-900ULR and -1000ULR for the flights.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Joyce said the delay to Boeing’s 777X program hasn’t excluded the U.S. manufacturer from the deal.

Passenger who died unexpectedly on Qantas flight identified

A friend has left a touching tribute for a “beautiful” woman who died unexpectedly onboard a Qantas flight.

Aleisha Tracy, 34, was making the 16-hour journey from Los Angeles back home to Melbourne on Qantas flight QF 95 when she passed away mid-flight.

Ms Tracy, an NBN employee from the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine West, died despite the best efforts of two medics on board the flight who tried in vain to save her life.

“Our cabin crew were assisted by two doctors onboard. We are very grateful for their assistance,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

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David Loiterton (right) left a touching tribute for Ms Tracy (left). Source: Facebook/ David Loiterton

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