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Qantas Airways is testing ultra long-haul 19-hour flights to see how crew, pilots respond

For customers, the key will be minimizing jet lag and creating an environment where they are looking forward to a restful, enjoyable flight. For crew, it’s about using scientific research to determine the best opportunities to promote alertness when they are on duty and maximize rest during their down time on these flights.Alan Joyce (Qantas)

Why Do Airlines Suffer So Many Tech Glitches?

In other words, airlines have outsourced so many components they sometimes don’t understand how their tech stacks work. Executives defer instead to what third parties and consultants say about what can or can’t be fixed.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

First international cable car will link Russia and China

The cable car system will transport people over the Amur River between the cities of Blagoveschensk in Russia and Heihe in China. Each of the system’s four gondolas will have a capacity of 60 passengers, as well as extra space for luggage, and be able to take people between the two countries in just seven and a half minutes. They will leave every 15 minutes.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

Airline CEO calls for super low-cost flights to be axed

Should everyone be flying around Europe for €9? Probably not. But if that’s what it takes to get people to fly to Frankfurt on a Tuesday in November, we’ll take it.Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)

Five countries on the frontline of tech

Estonia, Finland, Israel, Canada, South Korea.Lindsey Galloway (BBC)

Why long-haul airplanes are getting smaller

We’ve used all of the talents of Airbus to come together on the XLR and really optimize the airplane from a passenger experience perspective. The airplane in terms of systems has been optimized for longer-range flights for up to 10-hour flights, whether it’s [lavatory] holding tanks, water storage or trash.Jeff Knittel (Airbus)

Sarawak: Warte, bis es dunkel wird

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Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

So when Google is marketing itself to potential advertisers, it emphasizes the primacy of Google Maps and Google search — and for good reason. But, as with Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, when Google sends its economic policy guy to a Congressional antitrust hearing, he put the best spin on the issues, and suddenly consumers start there searches on Holiday Inn or Do they begin on Google? Nah, apparently not so much.Dennis Schaal (Skift)

Boeing to pay airlines $5bn for 737 Max grounding

At present 737s are being produced at a rate of 42 per month. Boeing’s figures assume that the production rate will rise to 57 per month in 2020, and that all the aircraft produced during the grounding will be delivered within “several quarters” following the plane’s return to service.Simon Calder (The Independent)

United Airlines is canceling 45 flights a day due to Boeing’s ill-fated 737 Max planes

United Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes will remain grounded until November 3, ensuring that more than 8,000 flights will be canceled. That’s 45 flights per day this month, a number that’s expected to rise to 95 per day in October, per the Associated Press. […] Meanwhile, Boeing’s 737 project manager is planning to retire after just one year in the post, according to CNBC. The turbulence is apparently taking its toll.Claire Miller (Fast Company)

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