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New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.  
User currently offlineB737 From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 41 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

Hello to everone
I read an article today that said "New York to Hong Kong done by UNITED AIRLINES made history as the longest Non-Stop flight, but to achieved this, the fuel tanks were full to the extreme,and the Autopilot was disengage (near the North Pole.)
My curiousity is,what was the benefits of disengaging the Autopilot?
Thanks a Million and
Best Regards

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User currently offlineGE From Singapore, joined Mar 2000, 320 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Actually, disengaging the autopilot did nothing to the plane's range. They had to do so because the autopilot's GPS could not accurately tell directions at the north pole. Hope this helps!

Russell Collins  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineAirbusluver From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3929 times:

Actually, the world's longest scheduled revenue flight is South African Airways from Johannesburg (South Africa) to JFK. It takes about 17 hours to complete on a 747-400. Sometimes, it can't make it all the way and they have to stop to refuel.

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

Airbuslover, first Continental with its EWR-HKG launched March 1st and then the UA JFK-HKG flight have now displaced the South African flight as the world's longest.


User currently offlineAirbusluver From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3883 times:

I stand corrected. The distances as the crow flies:

New York-Johannesburg (7960 miles)
New York-Hong Kong (8090 miles)

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

Actually, ATL-JNB is the longest flight. I know it has to stop sometimes b/c of winds, but when made nonstop, it is the longest flight.

User currently offlineJet_lag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

I noticed that most of the time, airlines don't make use of a plane's full range. In fact,
most of the time they don't even come close. This is most notable on regional routes,
where, for example, NW doesn't fly any 727's farther than about 1000 miles, even
though the plane's range is well above 1500 miles. While on the other hand 744 has
8400 miles of range, and was flown almost all the way to HKG.

User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33594 posts, RR: 71
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

CBA, ATL-CPT is non-stop, but CPT-ATL makes a stop at FLL. It used to be Cape Verde, but Miami is a huge South African market, so with a stop at FLL not only can the plane refuel to ATL, but it can also let off the many passengers terminating in Miami.

User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

I got my figures off Expedia.com, and I contend that ATL-JNB is still the longest non-stop flight.

CO99 EWR-HKG: 8055 miles
UA821 JFK-HKG: 8055 miles
SA212 ATL-JNB: 8440 miles


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3802 times:

I think that Atlanta-Johannesburg is longest?

User currently offlineMEGAPTERA From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

According to the great circle flight path display on www.chicago.com/airliners/gc.html the distances are as follows:
EWR-HKG 8065 miles
JFK-HKG 8071 miles
ATL-JNB 8431 miles

Looks like SAA win by a mile (or 360).

User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

So is this the official reason why UA have temporarily suspended the LAX-MEL non-stop service until next (northern) winter? Currently they are back flying UA841 ORD-LAX-AKL-MEL & v.v.
I understood that UA needed the modified B744's they were using for the LAX-MEL services to commence the JFK-HKG flights?

Can anyone confirm this?

Cheers - BZF Big grin

Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3707 times:


How long was this flight from New York to Hong Kong?

User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

This was not a one time thing people! It's a scheduled flight!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

United Airlines Flights 820 & 821! (non-stop both ways)

Their website says that it's 8067 miles.

UA820 leaves HKG at 5:05 pm and arrives at JFK at 8:35 pm. (local time)

UA821 leaves JFK at 10:50am and arrives at HKG the next day at 2:30 pm. (local time)


User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

Several airlines have done pole-crossing flights from the Northeast to HKG already, including Continental and Cathay Pacific.

Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineB737 From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Thanks to everyone
For the replies especially to GE for clarifying the Autopilot misunderstanding.The crazy Media they always gets the facts the wrong way.
Best Regards and Thanks a Million

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (14 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Here is UAL's flight schedule to HKG from JKF:


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