Aviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1360 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6964 times:
This is a follow-up to an earlier topic. What are the longest flights in the world?
Here they were as of November 2005:
1. New York-Singapore: 8,288 (Singapore Airlines)
2. Los Angeles-Singapore: 7,621 (Singapore Airlines)
3. New York-Bangkok: 7,525 (Thai Airways)
4. New York-Hong Kong: 7,014 (Cathay Pacific, Continental)
5. Los Angeles-Melbourne: 6,883 (Qantas)
6. Toronto-Hong Kong: 6,787 (Air Canada)
7. Chicago-Hong Kong: 6,773 (United Airlines)
8. Vancouver-Sydney: 6,741 (Air Canada)
9. Los Angeles-Sydney: 6,507 (United, Qantas)
10. Chicago-Delhi: 6,503 (American)
The values are nautical miles.
On the drawing board is London-Sydney. There's also the chance for a New York-Sydney route (8,646), though passenger volumes may be too low to support such a service. That two cities are technologically connectable means little to an airline unless there is an exploitable market to justify connecting them. London-Sydney is not the longest possible flight, but it may be the longest possible flight guaranteed to provide a steady supply of passengers.
More formidable pairings are at least conceivable, marketplace depending. The most intriguing of these are São Paulo-Tokyo (9,984), Auckland-London (9,884) and Buenos Aires-Tokyo (9,910). Shattering the 10,000-nautical-mile frontier -- Buenos Aires-Seoul, anyone? -- remains, let's just say, a long shot.
All of this was covered in an article I wrote for Salon.com, which you can read in full here:
VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1418 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6679 times:
This might not be the longest in distance but perhaps in time !!!!!
No movies or any in flight entertainment, except cards and a good book or TWO
The L-1649A still holds the record for the longest-duration non-stop passenger flight — during TWA's inaugural London to San Francisco flight on
1-2 October, 1957, the aircraft stayed aloft for 23 hours and 19 minutes!
Dia77 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 707 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3826 times:
Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17): Quoting AirEMS (Reply 16):
Doesn't BA fly from DEN to LHR? or am I off my rocker?
Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17): You're off you rocker just a little bit...they don't fly it anymore but have in the past.
They most definitely fly it. It's always been a daily flight since 1998 (although it switched from LGW to LHR a few years ago). However, it's nowhere near being one of the longest flights in the world.
Spark From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3708 times:
BKK LAX 7180 nm (TG 794/795) 3 days a week.
That is number 4
Isn't Vietnam Airlines going to fly SGN-SFO (6811 nm) that would be on the list.
BTW, all these flights are excessively long. I recently flew SFO-HKG (no longer on the list, but long none the less) and that was long enough for me.