Planes reduce jet lag

It’s correct: increasingly, modern aircraft are designed to help prevent jet lag.

That claim – in our recent column about the jet lag blues – sure caught the attention of travellers, even though the subject has been widely discussed for some time.

Some readers contacted us to suggest that it was merely hype from aircraft companies. Others were keen to know which aircraft we were talking about.

Either way, the reaction prompted us to do some digging.

As mentioned in our earlier article, we are yet to actually test the jet lag claim for ourselves. Until we are able to test this cutting-edge technology, we are relying on the word of others.

But we do know from experience that the issue is still generating quite a lot of interest among the travelling public.

plane lighting

So, what are these new-age aircraft that are said to be revolutionising the way we feel after a long haul flight? And, does it all come down to  LED mood lighting, as shown above.

If this sounds too good to be true, the Atlantic CityLab publication recently examined the subject in an article about the new Airbus A350.

It says there’s plenty of science to back up the claim of airline technology helping reduce jet lag.

With this science in mind, the LED lights on the Airbus A350 produce 16.7 million shades of color that simulate different times of day.

Conde Nast Traveler also had this to say about the AirbusA350

However, the new Airbus isn’t the only new-age player on the block.


The acclaimed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a long-range, wide-bodied plane that has caused buzz of excitement among travellers, airlines and aviation enthusiasts, is also said to use technology to reduce jet lag.

This is from Boeing’s website:

an experience like none other in the air, with more comfort and less fatigue.

And Conde Nast Traveler again – this time a review of the Dreamliner

So, that’s the story so far. In our next instalment, we’ll examine how smartphone apps are also helping people avoid flight fatigue and jet lag.

Related article: What is jet lag and how else can it be reduced.

Photo credit: main pic courtesy Cynthia Drescher, Conde Nast Traveler

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