Irene King: Qantas has more hurdles to overcome after 19-hour flight record

3:24
 
Share
 

Manage episode 244756551 series 2098285
By NZME and Newstalk ZB. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Qantas has set a new record for the longest non-stop commercial flight - but it might not be a green light for the service to go ahead.
The 19-hour test flight from New York to Sydney had 50 passengers and crew on board and they were monitored to see how a long flight affects the human body.
Aviation analyst Irene King told Mike Hosking there are limitations to what the crew can handle.
"What we're dealing with here is the fatigue of the crew and in particular the pilots. That's going to be a major constraint if that's not resolved."
The lengthy flight time also spells legislative issue.
King says current regulations are only up to 17 hour flights.
"Once they get up to 19 hours in a flight time, there is no regulatory framework. That's the problem, they're having to set it"

3276 episodes