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The World's Longest Flight on a Plane With Two Engines
I saw this graphic posted on Delta's Facebook page on November 9. The graphic and info provided definitely caught my attention. Along with the graphic Delta posted:
We’re all about going the distance. At 8,434 miles and more than 16 hours, our direct flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta is the longest flight in the world on a plane with two engines.
I found Delta's information interesting. Over the summer I had found out that Singapore Airlines operated the longest flight in the world. It goes from Newark- Singapore and takes a little under 19 hours! (For our flight to Singapore we flew from JFK-Cairo, had a short layover and then flew from Cairo- to Singapore.) The flight from Newark to Singapore is going to be cancelled in 2013.
I've been on quite a few long flights. I'd guess that my two longest direct flights ever were:
Hong Kong to New York (JFK) on Cathay Pacific- around 16 hours flying
Dubai to Atlanta on Delta (on the way back to JFK) around 15 1/2 hours flying
What's the longest direct flight that you've ever flown?
Just to put things in perspective, here are some long(ish) routes. No offense intended.
ORD -- FCO -- 4823 mi
LAX-- LHR -- 5456 mi
JFK -- NRT -- 6745 mi
EWR -- PEK -- 6831 mi
ATL -- NRT -- 6850 mi
EWR -- DEL -- 7324 mi
ORD -- DEL -- 7483 mi
LAX -- SYD -- 7488 mi
JFK -- BOM -- 7799 mi
EWR -- BOM -- 7807 mi
EWR -- HKG -- 8065 mi
ATL -- JNB -- 8439 mi
ATL -- BOM -- 8510 mi
LHR -- PER -- 9009 mi
EWR -- SIN -- 9535 mi
LHR -- SYD -- 10573 mi
LHR -- AKL -- 11404 mi
The longest flight I have done is EWR-HKG and everything above it except EWR-DEL
Just like Eight thousanders belong in a class of its own, I think ULH-ultra long haul flights do too. The demarcation is somewhat arbitrary. Some entries at the end are there to provide more perspective although there is or never was a commercial flight on those routes that I know of.
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My longest flights ever were LAX-BNE or SYD-SFO on QF. Those clocked in at roughly 14 hours, IIRC, and were done in Y. I recall LAX-HKG, LHR-SIN, and LHR-BKK all clocking in at roughly the same time, as well. Considering I slept the majority of the time, I couldn't really tell the difference.
It's the 4-6 hour redeye flights that kill me, as they're too long to stay awake, but too short to get a full sleep.