Qantas has theory on how to handle ultra-long-haul flights and it's really hot

If you're like me and your tolerance for spicy food is lower than low, then the idea of eating chilli on a long haul flight will make you sweat.

But the team behind Qantas' new menu for its direct flight between Perth and London say chilli is exactly what the body needs to wake up after 16 hours in the air.

The airline has teamed up with Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre to create a tailor-made menu for their new Dreamliner service between Australia's west and the UK.

The team compiled information from clinical sleep specialists, nutritionists and metabolic scientists to help passengers deal with hydration, sleep and jetlag.

The full menu reads like it has been lifted straight out of the cafes of Ponsonby, although you can still order something a bit more mainstream.

Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and peas.
Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and peas. Photo credit: Supplied

But if you're in the mood to hand your appetite over to the experts then there's plenty on offer.

Alongside the chili breakfast, it features probiotic infused-botanic cold-pressed juice shots, bespoke herbal tea and organic kombucha, which, as I've just learned is a 'live cultured, sparkling drink full of natural probiotics' that assists with digestion.

Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, Professor Stephen Simpson, said it's just the beginning of their plan to use science to better the experience for long-haul travellers.

"The next step in the research will involve trials with a group of Frequent Flyers using wearable technology and apps to collect data on sleeping and activity patterns, mental state, eating patterns and hydration before, during and after their long haul flight."

So, regardless of how you react at the thought of eating hot chilli after you wake up, it appears the research has  been done and it's a proven method get you going in the morning, even if it's just for a trip to the bathroom.