kann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1371 posts, RR: 4 Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 25745 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
factsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 1577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 24330 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.
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.
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.
iMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6470 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21101 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.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
CrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1981 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20667 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.
Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1664 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20633 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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AAexecplat From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 672 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20424 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.
brightcedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 18217 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).
Cyba From Bahamas, joined Nov 2005, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17806 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.
802flyguy From United States of America, joined May 2012, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17711 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.
cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17573 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.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8300 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17470 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.
neutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16660 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
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.
: 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'
: 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
: I believe I've read somewhere that our member Mariner has done the double sunrise, when he was very little…
: 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
: 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.
: I've done DL172/173 many times. J class upstairs is divine!
: 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
: 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
: 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