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The Longest, Commerical, Revenue Flight Ever....?  
User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 964 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 24800 times:

Hi everyone, today out of curiousity I went on flightaware and looked up SQ 22 (SIN-EWR), and I noticed that the flight a few days ago was a whopping 23 hours and 24 minutes! This got me thinking, what was the longest, revenue, commerical flight ever? I mean specific dates, such as May 12th, 2013, SQ 22, 23:24

[Edited 2013-05-20 19:59:23]


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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1470 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 24318 times:

During WW2 Qantas flew Catalina's nonstop between Perth and Koggala, Ceylon according to wiki numbers the ~3050 nn trip took around 30 hours all in radio silence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Double_Sunrise



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User currently offlineinfinit From Singapore, joined Jul 2008, 569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 23930 times:

23 hours of this:



Count me in! :P

Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 1):

During WW2 Qantas flew Catalina's nonstop between Perth and Koggala, Ceylon according to wiki numbers the ~3050 nn trip took around 30 hours all in radio silence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dou...nrise

Interesting.. but wasn't this with stops in between?


User currently offlineaquariusHKG From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 23854 times:

Quoting infinit (Reply 2):

Interesting.. but wasn't this with stops in between?

I believe it's nonstop, as the trip is all over water, and the land between Ceylon and Perth are nearly all enemy terrritory


User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2405 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 23846 times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_...urance_record#Airline.2C_Scheduled

Quoting infinit (Reply 2):
Interesting.. but wasn't this with stops in between?

He didn't ask about non-stop flights.   

The Catalina flights by Qantas were non-stop:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Double_Sunrise


Weren't there scheduled round-the-world trips by Pan Am, from 1947 to 1976?


David

[Edited 2013-05-21 00:33:21]


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User currently onlinerichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 23644 times:

Hi

23 hours is a long time for a non stop commercial jet service.

However back in 1957 TWA were flying non stop from Los Angeles to London & San Francisco to Paris using L1649As with a flight time of around 24 hrs.

The Qantas Indian ocean service at 30 hrs was longer however was it possible for the public to purchase tickets on it or was it just for government use as part of the war effort?

Alex


User currently offlinefactsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 23385 times:

From the history books:

Oct 1, 1924:
KLM initiated its first intercontinental flight, from Amsterdam to Batavia (today's Jakarta) in a Fokker F-VII. This flight took nearly two months, with a three week hold up in Bulgaria for repairs after a forced landing.

June 1927:
An American citizen Mr. Van Lear Black chartered a single-engined KLM Fokker VIIa and flew in 13 days from Amsterdam to Batavia. He also made a return flight and the whole trip took 183 flight hours.

12 Sep, 1929
KLM started regular, scheduled bi-weekly service between Amsterdam - Batavia. Until the outbreak of the Second World War, this was the world's longest-distance scheduled service. The trip took just 12 days and 89 flight hours. A return trip took 4 weeks. The flight operated weekly from 1931.

Dec 1933:
KLM flew Christmas and New Year's cards from Amsterdam to Batavia in a record time of just over four days in a Fokker F-XVIII Pelikaan. The mail arrived in time for Christmas.


User currently offlineiMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20156 times:

People these days are so amazed at a 24 hour flight. It was common for the Pan Am 377s to take that long from HNL to OAK eastbound. But the distance is truly amazing these days, almost halfway around the earth with passengers. I believe we have just about reached the maximum range possible.


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User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1871 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19722 times:
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Quoting richcandy (Reply 5):
The Qantas Indian ocean service at 30 hrs was longer however was it possible for the public to purchase tickets on it or was it just for government use as part of the war effort?

From what I've read there were 3 seats available on each flight. Probably because of weight restrictions! 30 hours in a Cat is a looooong time.

Martijn



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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1359 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19688 times:

Depends on the definition of 'longest', doesn't it? Are we talking nautical miles or time, specifically. Distance wise, I am inclined to believe the SQ service from SIN to EWR takes the price, less certain which one the longest is in hours and minutes. Anyway, SAS used to operate a DC-7C from Copenhagen to Tokyo with a stop in Anchorage back in the late 1940s. Total time around 32 hours.


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User currently offlineN821NW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19637 times:

And I was thinking that if I flew DL837 it would be a long flight...I can't imagine my-self flying 23-24 hours in a airplane even if I would be in F.

User currently offlineAAexecplat From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 635 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19479 times:

I am having a hard time believing this flight from 5/12 was really 23+ hours. I wonder if it included an unplanned stop or several hours of holding on the apron at SIN...Normal flying time is 18-20 hours eastbound, so almost 24 hours doesn't make sense...

I flew the LAX-BKK-LAX flight that TG ran for years, and the westbound segment was almost 19 hours. In coach with two young children I might add. Really a pretty good product TG had on that route with 36" pitch in Y on that A345.


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18630 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 9):
Anyway, SAS used to operate a DC-7C from Copenhagen to Tokyo with a stop in Anchorage back in the late 1940s. Total time around 32 hours.

Can't be right as the DC-7C wasn't put into service until 1956.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-7



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User currently offlinediscoverCSG From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18473 times:

Quoting iMissPiedmont (Reply 7):
It was common for the Pan Am 377s to take that long from HNL to OAK eastbound.

2409 miles from HNL to OAK; the plane flew only 100 mph?


User currently offlinebrightcedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1289 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17272 times:

Well, I think there are still potential point to point routes that are not covered by today's range options, and even more that would be viable if the plane had an even better range that wouldn't need to be used i.e. be even more economical.

I'm pretty sure QF will fly nonstop from SYD to places like LON and NYC when that becomes sustainable in all senses. Maybe even NZ will have a go at it. I do also see this to be limited to the upper segments of travel. It will always be cheaper to ferry cattle via DXB. I also imagine a few of those routes will be bound from points in Asia (e.g. PEK) to points in Latin America (e.g. GRU).



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User currently offlineCyba From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2005, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16861 times:

Quoting kann123air (Thread starter):
Hi everyone, today out of curiousity I went on flightaware and looked up SQ 22 (SIN-EWR), and I noticed that the flight a few days ago was a whopping 23 hours and 24 minutes! This got me thinking, what was the longest, revenue, commerical flight ever? I mean specific dates, such as May 12th, 2013, SQ 22, 23:24

This doesn't make sense to me. Are you sure the aircraft wasn't late departing or something? I can't believe even a 345 could fly that long with any kind of passenger load on it.


User currently offline802flyguy From United States of America, joined May 2012, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16766 times:

Regarding replies 9 and 12 on SK's "Polar Flights" (did not really fly over the North Pole, but does sound cool), the carrier did pioneer flights from Europe to California and Japan via the Great Circle Route.

Flights to from CPH to LAX, via SFJ and YWG, started in 1954, using DC-6Bs. CPH-ANC-HND commenced in 1957, with DC-7s. The latter involve more route research and planning since it was so far off the "beaten path". SAS worked with Wien Alaska to develop the service.

As for the OP's point, I think the best answer was in reply 5, with TWA's LAX/SFO-ORY flights with L-1649s. I they were the longest (in time) scheduled commericial flights.


User currently offlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16628 times:

Quoting 802flyguy (Reply 16):
As for the OP's point, I think the best answer was in reply 5, with TWA's LAX/SFO-ORY flights with L-1649s. I they were the longest (in time) scheduled commericial flights.

Seems to be the case, since the OP is talking in terms of time and referencing a non-stop flight. The idea of riding a piston airliner for 24 hours is kind of mind-boggling, though.


User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7532 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16525 times:

At the time the longest (distance) commercial flight was when BA 772 G-YMMG carried Prime Minister Blair, his wife and approximately 60 other passengers departing on 24 March 2006 after an EU summit to the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. This flight routed BRU to MEL non-stop (8,953 miles, sector time 18 hrs 55 mins).

After the closing ceremony the aircraft carried the Blairs on an official visits to New Zealand and then on another official visit to Indonesia. So the long haul homeward leg from CGK to LHR was significantly shorter than the BRU-MEL outward bound flight.

In terms of the elapsed time the Blairs had the benefit of the use of BA's Royal Suite (that includes two full-size single beds) that had been fitted in the F Class cabin of 'MG to carry Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to and from the opening ceremony of the Melbourne Games. However their outward bound flight routed LHR-SIN-CBR while their return flight routed MEL-SIN-LHR.


User currently offlinewarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16177 times:

Wasn't there a QF744 that did LHR-SIN many years ago nonostop and the plane was towed to the runway before start up?


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User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4008 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15858 times:

Quoting warren747sp (Reply 19):
Wasn't there a QF744 that did LHR-SIN many years ago nonostop

Well until quite recently they flew it every day with a full load, as does BA and SQ!

But I assume you mean LHR-SYD? Yes one QF B744 flew non-revenue, empty, non-stop LHR-SYD. It was not a commercial flight. The fuel was specially refined to give a high density.


User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15715 times:

Quoting AAexecplat (Reply 11):
I flew the LAX-BKK-LAX flight that TG ran for years, and the westbound segment was almost 19 hours. In coach with two young children I might add. Really a pretty good product TG had on that route with 36" pitch in Y on that A345.

I did that flight too in 2008, in Y. Eighteen and a half hours. Quite comfortable; with the IFE and almost constant service by the ever-smiling FAs, it was certainly more than bearable though I did not sleep much. Arrived in Bangkok just as dawn was breaking; right on the dot of my birthday and birthhour. Got a TG pajamas from F as an impromptu birthday present 



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User currently offlineN770WD From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 126 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15663 times:

Quoting kann123air (Thread starter):
This got me thinking, what was the longest, revenue, commerical flight ever? I mean specific dates, such as May 12th, 2013, SQ 22, 23:24

Bad data on FlightAware. They have the departure as 5:29a Singapore time but it was actually 10:50a off the gate, 11:09a in the air. Total block time for SQ22 on 5/12 was 18h 16m.


User currently offlineawacsooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15410 times:

Quoting N821NW (Reply 10):
can't imagine my-self flying 23-24 hours in a airplane even if I would be in F.

I've routinely flown 22's...nothing big...


User currently onlineORDJOE From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15214 times:

Quoting kann123air (Thread starter):
a few days ago was a whopping 23 hours and 24 minutes!

It is scheduled to be about 19 hours, so they must have been hitting some winds. I will say though how much reserve fuel does this bird carry. I would think if SQ21 is hitting some strong winds they would have to make a tech stop.


I think that flight you circumnavigate the globe if you make the round trip. There was a trip report on flyertalk where a few took this flight and back on its innaugural trip with immediate turn around. While if I had the means to do it I would, but still close to 40 hours in a plane would start to get a bit much even if it is SQ J.

Too bad this flight is getting cancelled.


25 oly720man : Looking through the list, all the longer flights are with a departure time several hours before the scheduled departure time of around 11am local. I'
26 brilondon : That would not have been a Commercial Revenue Flight. I remember there being a flight from JFK-Tokyo, I always wanted to fly that one as it was on a
27 Aircellist : I believe I've read somewhere that our member Mariner has done the double sunrise, when he was very little…
28 Post contains links Stitch : SIN-EWR is flown eastbound to take advantage of prevailing winds. EWR-SIN is also sometimes flown eastbound when winds are favorable as it offsets the
29 N62NA : What's even more amazing is that it still takes so long to fly this distance, as we've more or less had this capability for 40 years now.
30 rwy04lga : I've done DL172/173 many times. J class upstairs is divine!
31 7BOEING7 : Did that a few years ago too, HKG to LHR the wrong way (22h 42m) 772LR, not revenue however. Had enough fuel left we could have gone into holding and
32 Post contains links twincessna340a : Depends on how lucky you get: Today it is currently flying via a NAT flight plan: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...1/history/20130521/0300Z/KEW
33 BoeingGuy : Isn't that the world's record flight that Suzanna flew? I forget the details, but a 777-200LR flew the longest ever flight with a commercial airplane
34 7BOEING7 : Yep, that was Susan's baby.
35 beertrucker : What I can't get over about this. is look at yesterdays polar. It was filed for only FL270. But todays is FL410. FL270 not that high for a long haul.
36 Ferroviarius : Whenever I sit in a Swiss 343 tourist class, comfortably - yes, indeed - on SFO-ZRH during the night, I am frequently looking where we are: Hudson Bay
37 SASDC8 : Flightaware is IMHO not to be trusted for flights/flightpaths that exit the US.
38 Post contains images BoeingGuy : Suzanna, not Susan.
39 VV701 : It was flown by a fully commercial independent airline, British Airways. The flight was chartered by the British government at full commercial rates.
40 Post contains links and images kgaiflyer : I'm reminded of Canadian Pacific's flights 1 and 2 >> Hong Kong – Tokyo – Vancouver – Edmonton – Winnipeg – Toronto – Montreal. Done
41 timz : Anyone find that in a timetable?
42 Viscount724 : I'm assuming the original question was intended to refer to nonstop flights. Not quite. The domestic sectors of CP and 2 never used the DC-6B, except
43 Post contains links hivue : There's a trip report here: Hong Kong To London The Long Way (by Jetlife2 May 23 2007 in Trip Reports) And a video link here: Video: Boeing 777-200LR
44 Post contains links oly720man : http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/complete/cp59/cp59-3.jpg In 1959 flight 2 was flown with a Britannia. A couple of years earlier flight 402/404
45 kgaiflyer : Dang it. Is Wikipedia wrong yet again? "The development of the great circle or polar route to the Far East from CP Air's Vancouver base would become
46 Post contains links Viscount724 : One example here. http://cpair.blogspot.ch/2004/03/can...acific-airlines-timetable-jul.html A much longer CP flight with the same flight number was a
47 Viscount724 : It looks basically correct, but I don't think the reference to CP 1 and 2 is linked to use of the DC-6B, at least I don't read it that way. Hong Kong
48 huxrules : Just to be a smarty you could include Charles Simonyi's flight(s) to the ISS. He stayed 15 days during one and I'm sure that's the record for longest
49 Post contains images Viscount724 : SK's flights CPH-ANC-HND (and other European carriers that operated via ANC) came much closer to the North Pole than flights to the west coast of Nor
50 timz : Anyone found a timetable showing a thru CP DC-6B or Britannia HKG-YUL? (If there's an 18-hour stop and for all we know a plane change en route, I'd c
51 Viscount724 : Almost certainly a plane change in both directions.
52 Post contains images JQflightie : ....if we are going down this road, I think QF may win with QF32 A388 1year, 5months, 18day
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