Date: 04 Apr 2001 16:41:30 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gord Beaman) Organization: ISLAND TEL References: 1 2
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>On 23 Mar 2001 17:40:12 , email@example.com (Robin Johnson) >wrote: >>The longest flight stages at present operated by scheduled airlines >>run about 15 hours, at which range payload is limited. Where >>practicable, aircraft configurations biased towards premium fares are >>used. This will probably still be true when 18-hour stages start, if >>they do, in a few years. London-Perth might be one such, or New >>York-Singapore. Aircrew rest positions away from the main deck are >>being on the drawing boards - they already exist on some 747-400s. I'd think that 'if' is the operative word here...I flew for many years in Maritime Patrol Aviation where our average Long Range Patrol was around 18-20 hours and I can tell you that having extra crew available doesn't do much to alleviate fatigue. Even though you get used to sleeping in short bursts (couple of hours at a time) you're nearly as tired as if you had worked straight through. Personally, I think that I'd get somewhat apprehensive as a passenger on an airline flight of over about 12 hours.