I think "research" is a bit of a misnomer as the flight is of similar length to the existing EWR-SIN. I'm considering this a PR exercise as the main test should have been on economy passengers, since SQ "research" with premium economy and business daily.
Another tell tale sign of a Media stunt is the special pillows and other items and the flight was packed to the brim with media people.
At 19hrs and 15 mins flight, this was more than an hour longer than the average SQ21.
SQ21 has a block time of 18h45 mins but often has a flight time less than 18hrs. You can check the current flight (19oct departure) when it lands 4hrs from now, which should complete the flight in 17hrs 40 mins approximately.
Its still not a lot of time difference. It would only take a day with strong headwinds and airport congestion to make SQ21 go as long. My point is that a flight already regularly does this similar trek with business and premium economy. A real test is for passengers in economy, which was not tested.
It looks too much of a PR stunt, rather then a practical test.
I imagine the same headwinds would also affect the JFK to SYD flight.....
Yes, there is amazing PR being generated without a doubt but what right thinking airline does 3 of the longest ULH just for the sake of PR? If it was PR only, it would be 1 flight. The cost of these flights are no joke.
I read the crew had brain wave measurements being done for the duration of the flight to measure fatigue. I look forward to a write up from the crew or the researchers onboard. We already have a journalist's version. Perhaps you should read the posted article first...
"Marie Carroll, a professor at the University of Sydney who’s overseeing the passenger research on the flight, rallies her troops at the back of the plane. “This is the time, guys, when we really have to work through this,” she tells them. Moments later, they’re leaning against the food trolleys in the galley, stretching. Next, they perform upright press-ups among the empty economy sets. As a finale, they attempt synchronized dance moves in the aisles. All in the name of science."
The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold 2 opposed ideas in the mind concurrently, and still function