How many hours it took and what was the purpose of the Qantas race

Australian company Qantas has completed a historic non-stop flight from New York to Sydney, investigating the potential impact on pilots, crew and passengers of what would be the longest commercial air travel in the world.
 Carrying 50 passengers and crew, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arrived in Sydney on Sunday morning after a 16,200-kilometer journey that took 19 hours and 16 minutes, the publication said. Qantas Executive Director Alan Joyce, who participated in the flight, said after landing: “This is a truly historic moment for Qantas, a truly historic moment for Australian aviation and a truly historic moment for world aviation. “
Demand for air travel is growing rapidly, especially for very long distances, which is why manufacturers continue to improve aircraft performance.
 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects the global number of passengers annually to increase from 4.6 billion this year to 8.2 billion by 2037.

Currently, no commercial aircraft could complete the New York-Sydney marathon with a full load. To give the plane the ability to travel this distance without interruption, Qantas took off with maximum fuel, only a few passengers and a few luggage. The purpose was the collection of data by a team of researchers who monitor, among others, the lighting, activity, sleep and consumption patterns of the passengers and the melatonin levels of the crew.

They also tracked the brain waves of the pilots, which were equipped for the flight with brain monitoring devices. The airline also plans to test an uninterrupted flight from London to Sydney and will make a decision in this regard by the end of the year. Flights could be made from 2022 or 2023.