For people who travel regularly, jet lag side effects are very common when they arrive at their destination, altering their internal clock and resulting in unwanted side effects. The most common of these side effects are fatigue and insomnia, however the symptoms can range to much more extreme conditions such as lack of appetite, headaches, and nausea.
These effects are currently attributed to changes in sleeping schedule and assumed recovery occurs a few days afterwards, once internal clocks have adjusted. However, new studies show these side effects may in fact be caused by acute mountain sickness instead, an illness which affects the human body in altitudes above 6,500 ft. Because of this, Boeing has made an effort to stop the effects of jet lag completely by creating a new type of jet called the Dreamliner.
Traditionally, airlines have a cabin air pressure equivalent to an altitude of 8,000 ft. At this height passenger’s blood oxygen levels can fall as much as 4%, resulting in discomfort within just a few hours of flight. The Dreamliner operates with a cabin air pressure equivalent to an altitude of only 6,000 ft. At this height passengers body’s react the same as they would at sea level, causing no side effects on passengers.
Unlike past planes built from aluminum, the Dreamliner is built primarily from carbon fiber reinforced plastic and other composites, giving it a much stronger frame. Due to the increase in strength, the fuselage can be pressurized at any altitude without the material collapsing on itself. This pressure altitude decrease in 2,000 ft. makes all the difference to the passenger’s experience, without changing the actual conditions of the ride.
Much like the customer-focused approach Boeing took to create the Dreamliner jet, Eclipse works closely with clients to explore the most efficient solutions, and identify opportunities for improvement in order to achieve the most sustainable, long-term benefits. Client goals, scope, and measurements are incorporated into each step of the project to provide our customers with the best in operational excellence, providing a better, more efficient product.