United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2129 times:
I know when Singapore Airlines starts new non-stop service from Singapore to Los Angeles and San Franciso with new Airbus A340-500 aircraft that will be the world's longest flight taking 17 hours but what are the current world's longest flights.
Also when SQ those start the new non-stop flights will they still fly Boeing 747-400 aircraft to LAX and SFO with stops in Taipei and Tokyo.
Bkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2087 times:
This is a good question. I've seen alot of posts the past few days mentioning that on the SQ flights from SIN-HKG-SFO, almost all the passengers from SIN get off in HKG. Same with SIN-TPE-LAX. If the information these people have is accurate then there are very few passengers travelling from SIN-SFO and SIN-LAX each day.
I have no information to back this up but alot of the "SQ" experts have been posting these numbers lately.
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
While it is true that many passengers seems to be getting off or on at HKG and TPE . . . could it be because many of them take advantage of the opportunity to stop-over in these cities for a short break (both on the outbound and inbound sectors).
Many friends I know who flew from SIN to SFO and LAX stopover in places such as HKG, TPE and NRT. I do the same with JAL enroute to HNL . . . and I think it is far better than a long red-eye flight.
Spark From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
From what I understand, the Continental EWR-HKG transpolar flight is the longest scheduled flight. When Singapore scheduled the HKG-LAS they said it was the longest route, but on the great circle mapper its shorter than New York to Hong Kong.
SIN-LAX will be the longest if they schedule it (and longest flight I could concieve any airline possibly flying (maybe HKG-ATL if that was possible).
Is SQ going to continue both SIN-HKG-SFO and SIN-ICN-SFO along with SIN-SFO?
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
Sorry, but United 895, the Nation’s Longest Scheduled Flight, Won’t Land for 16 hours.
It is noon at the United Airlines Operations and Planning Center in the bowels of Chicago O’Hare Airport - operationally, the critical moment for Flight 895, the longest scheduled flight by any U.S. Airline.
To make it the full 7.788 miles from Chicago to Hong Kong, the specially configured Boeing 747 is already crammed with 386.000 pounds of jet fuel, including several thousand pounds stuffed in extra tanks above the passenger cabin and the tail. And even with that, United’s computers are saying it is going to be tight.
The heat this summer day means it will take extra thrust to get the jumbo jet up to its cruising altitude of 37.000 feet. And even using the most direct route - which had been specially negotiated to pass through Russian and Chinese air space - United’s computers are calculating that with the expected 15 to 20 mph headwinds, there simply may not be enough fuel for the plane to make the entire trip with the expected load of passengers, baggage and freight. Not only will it have to leave behind the mail bags and two Chevrolet Corvettes that have been awaiting shipment to Hong Kong, but six passengers may be required to take another flight if all 328 holding reservations show up.
On the tarmac, a crew of 22 has been brought aboard to clean the plane, outfit every seat with magazines, blanket pillow and headsets and lay out toiletry kits and the latest newspapers for business and firs-class passengers. A catering service loads on more than three-dozen meal carts in the plane’s three galeys. Two giant tankers need 90 minutes to fill the plane’s tanks with fuel.
Meanwhile, at one end of the operations center, chief purser Maguerite Elkins is winding up her meeting in which UAL 895's 18 flight attendants have introduced themselves to each other, chosen assignments and break times by seniority and gone over details of the 16-hour flight: the expected passenger break down (14 in first class, 53 in business, 261 in oach, including one passenger in a wheelchair); the timing and menu for the three meals (including special children and vegetarian menus); and the three movies to be shown (“Blues Brothers 2000" “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “Sliding Doors” . Elkins issues a warning about “creepers,” passengers who try to sneak up from steerage into business class, and puts in a request for extra “kiddie litter” - packets of games, crayons and coloring books for the dozen kids expected on board. And she says that safety instructions this day will have to be given in both Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to English. The scrum ends with a protracted negotiation over who will handle sales from the duty-free catalogue - with so many Chinese passengers on board, Flight 895 can be expected to generate substantial commissions for the flight attendants who draw the assignment. As the attendants’ meeting is breaking up, down the hall the captain and his tree copilots are going over their route, which is expected to involve 15 hours and 11 minutes of flying time and take them so far north it actually goes off the map. As part of the deal with Russia, the cockpit crew will have to check in every 15 minutes with local controllers while in Russian airspace, even though the plane’s link to global position satellites make it unnecessary. The Russians, apparently, collect a fee for each conctact. Forecasters have warned of thunderstorms during the descent into Hong Kong. Upstairs in the terminal building, six gate agents have begun to check in passengers. As each passenger is issued a boarding card, the computer signals handlers below to release baggage from holding area - part of the new heightened security arrangements on international flights. The noon count also show that there are still 28 business and first-class passengers who have not checked in to either 895 or th a connecting flight into O’Hare - enough to solve the weight problem and free up seats for the 15 people waiting standby. Boarding begins on time, at 12:20 p.m., one hour before scheduled departure.
Frostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1662 times:
In terms of mileage...ATL-JNB by SAA is EASILY the longest flight in the world, and has been since it was inaugurated in January 2000. Don't have the numbers in front of me but it is a little over 8,400 STATUTE miles point-to-point. However due to favorable winds it typically takes less time to complete than such routes as JFK/ORD/EWR-HKG, which if I'm not mistaken are all under 8,000 statute miles (as the crow flies, if any crow could fly so far that is). Westbound, JNB-ATL requires a fuel stop in Sal, Cape Verde Islands. In fact, I just flew SAA to ATL, though out of CPT, which is a wee bit closer to ATL than JNB. A glamorous if butt-numbing route I would say.
The question of what flight is the longest is brought up at least once a month on this forum...a simple search would reveal a wealth of recent info on the topic. But as it is a pretty interesting question I don't mind adding my two cents every time....
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
After flying 22 flights across the Pacific Ocean in the past 4 years I can vow no flight times that are listed are ever accurate! They always end up short of the scheduled flight time. Any seasoned Pacific traveller could agree with me here. I really cant think of ever meeting or exceeding flight time that is listed. I can MAYBE see the ORD-HKG flight pushing 15:45 minutes during winter months with intense and powerful jetstream winds forcing against this flight, As with any other Trans-Pacific Asian flight. But in my mind I think the ORD-HKG flight is the longest non stop flight. Maybe not in distance, but its flying time more then likely will be longer then any flights to South African. Thats due to a few simple facts. Heavy load all the time. And remaining in the same wind pattern in the northern hemisphere. When travelling to South Africa, that jet crosses through several different wind patterns and can shift from a head wind to a tail wind often, unlike the ORD-HKG flight remaining in the westerly winds. So thats my view on this!
Frostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1346 times:
I guess it all depends on how you define "longest" flight. You could define it by...
1. Point-to-point mileage: the most sensible to me. This is a figure which never, never varies. Unless you want to get real picky and factor in continental drift. Which should amount to a few inches every year...lol. This definition appeals to the KISS method - Keep It Simple Stupid. How far is it from A to B?
2. Actual mileage flown: this is going to vary with every flight on every route, due to everything from winds, weather, ATC, politics, even a/c type due to ETOPS restrictions, etc.
3. Time spent aloft: this will vary just like #2. If and when Boeing's Sonic Cruiser comes out, and if it were to fly the longest route worldwide mileagewise...is the feat someow less because it accomplishes it in LESS time than a slower aircraft? A hypothetical, and perhaps technically unrealistic argument (not sure of the SC's projected range), but you get my drift.
Well, it's abundantly clear where I stand on the subject. It's got to be SAA on ATL-JNB if you ask me. But hey, EWR-HKG is plenty impressive too.