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What's The Fastest You Could Fly Round The World?  
User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5242 posts, RR: 31
Posted (1 year 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

I'm just listening to Steve Wright on Radio 2 here in the UK, and he just read out the following factoid:


Question: What is the fastest you could fly round the world, using only scheduled passenger flights?"
Answer: 44 hours.

I'm now curious if this is true, I would have thought you could do it faster than that. I'm also curious as to what routing would be taken. So I'm throwing down the gauntlet to a.net - find a round the world routing using scheduled flights, that takes less than 44 hours. Time includes time spent waiting for connections.

Your start point can be anywhere you want.

That'll teach you
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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

I think it depends on what round the world means. Can a polar routing count? JFK-HKG-LHR-JFK?

16 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2015
User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5242 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

The official rules for round the world flying as specified by the FAI Sporting Code, section 2 shall be used:


The course of a round-the-world record must start and finish at the same point and cross all meridians; the course must be at least 36,787.559 kilometres (22,858.729 mi) long (which is the length of the Tropic of Cancer). The course must include set control points at latitudes outside the Arctic and Antarctic circles.

That'll teach you
User currently offlinetraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

In 2006 I flew EWR-SIN-HKG-SFO in 44 hours on SQ. So it is doable. However, now that SQ has dropped the ULH flights it might take a little longer. I had about 6 hours in HKG so I did a little sight seeing. Otherwise my time might have been shorter.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7470 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Once upon a time ... you could do :

NEW YORK -> TOULOUSE -> DUBAI -> BANGKOK -> GUAM -> HONOLULU -> ACAPULCO -> NEW YORK in 31 hours 27 mn 49 sec ...

World Record Eastbound - Concorde F-BTSD - 80 Pax on board - Aug 17th 1995 -

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

I guess to be a "proper" RTW, you'd have to have a route including north, south, east and west hemispheres, otherwise you could just find the shortest routes around a pole like NRT-YYZ-LHR-NRT, which I guess isn't in the spirit of things.

Including all 4 hemispheres, something like CDG-LAX-CAN-NBO-CDG (all on Skyteam!) or DXB-JKT-NRT-SEA-DXB.

As to the timings, you could spend weeks loking for a schedule that works. The first one I tried comes in at 47h25m:

JKT 0750-1655 ICN 1820-1235 SEA 1323-0810 AMS 1235-0715 JKT

I also got 49 hours:

LAX 1310-1625 NRT 1740-2330 JKT 0145-0645 AUH 0850-1410 LAX

44 hours seems fairly reasonable.

http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

So far, I find 44 hours impressive. My first attempt at finding flights has them scheduled for 59:15 hours. Routing is LAX-FRA-BKK-SIN-SYD-LAX, 23,676 miles. How long do I have to allow for changing planes at airports?

I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 3171 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

It's not long enough distance wise (only 30,111km), but HKG-LAX-LHR-HKG can be done in 38.5 hours. Depart HKG at 4:30pm and arrive back at 7am two days later.

HKG-LAX CX 882 dep 1635 arr 1455
LAX-LHR VS8 dep 1655 arr 1130 +1
LHR-HKG CX252 dep 1230 arr 0705 +1

User currently onlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13469 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

How about this: LHR-SYD-LAX-LHR or would that not be enough miles?

User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5242 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 8):
How about this: LHR-SYD-LAX-LHR or would that not be enough miles?

That would be 23,517 miles, so that qualifies. Now how long would it take, on scheduled flights?

That'll teach you
User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6983 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

LAX-DXB-SYD-LAX is long enough, but the connections are bad-- anyone find a two-stop route that's shorter than that but still long enough?

User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7616 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (1 year 17 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Back in the NZ HKG-LHR days it was possible to do it on one airline in about 50 hours. AKL-HKG-LHR-LAX-AKL. I contemplated doing it once on my days off from work but never got the chance again.

User currently offlinejetwet1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 901 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

A couple of us looked at trying to set the record a couple of years ago, at the time I think it went :


Total time was around 42 hours.

User currently offlineJU241 From France, joined Jun 2009, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

Well, don't know about the fastest route according to the rules stated in reply 2, but a couple years ago, I read about a FSimmer who got inspired by Jules Verne and his famous book "Around the World in 80 days". His idea was to follow the track of Phineas Fogg as close as possible, using real-world airline schedules of that day (well, actually flying them in FSX) trying to complete the route in less than 80hrs.
Of course, he did some adjustments (flying LHR-CAI instead of LHR-CDG-CAI, going for longer layovers than necessary in order to compensate for the crappy timezone management in the sim, etc...), but in the end, he proved that it was possible to do the legendary journey in 24x less time than back then.

Quite impressive IMHO  

User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8376 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (12 months 16 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Another way of looking at it is to touch down on all six inhabited continents - so ATH-CAI-BKK-SYD-SCL-MIA.

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
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