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Australia’s Qantas Airline completed a first 10,000-mile passenger flight of 19 hours and 16 minutes. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed in the evening with just 50 passengers so that the fuel usage could be monitored, as well as physical reactions of the crew and passengers.

In-flight tests included measuring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness to exercise classes for passengers. Project Sunrise will continue to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from Australia’s east coast cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. More research flights are scheduled: London to Sydney in November and another New York to Sydney in December. apnews.com/d6545469f97842e8b1c908397812a39d

 
 
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