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Pilots Need Their Sleep Too

Pilots Need Their Sleep Too
December 28
17:59 2014

Getting adequate sleep is important for us, especially if we have jobs that require great concentration. That’s why Air India pilots have requested flat beds on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

According to a report in The Economic Times, Air India will likely ask Boeing to have bunks installed in six of the 27 Dreamliners that the airline will receive after mid-2015.
Having permanent bunks will save pilots a lot of trouble. Rolling out a mat in the first class aisle gets tiresome after a while.

The bunks will be particularly useful during flights of 12 hours or more, such as the ones from New Delhi to Melbourne, Toronto and New York. While one pair of pilots flies the Dreamliner, the other pair can do a little dreaming.

Sleeping flat on your back is considered 100 percent rest, compared to the partial rest you get on a reclined seat. Never mind that you have to block out all the typical sounds on a plane: the noise of the engine, the crying of babies, the snoring of the man in the seat next to you.

Nonstop flights have become fairly common in the last few years, allowing people to fly from New York to New Delhi in about 14 hours. If they’re lucky enough to fly in business class, they can be fully rested and smiling from ear to ear when they disembark, having slept on flatbed seats. If they fly economy class, they can be fully exhausted and eager to bite off a business class passenger’s ear.

Even if passengers have trouble getting good sleep on a flight, we should all be glad that Air India and other airlines are making sure their pilots get enough sleep and are fully alert in the cockpit.



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