Longest Routine Flight

Sun Jan 16, 2000 12:58 pm

Can someone please let me know which airline flies the longest routine flight route (also, how many stopovers for refuelling, etc... and which aircraft is used)?
Thanks in advance.

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RE: Longest Routine Flight

Sun Jan 16, 2000 2:02 pm

From reading many books and magazines on route structures I learned that there are two long(est) routes operating year-round. Both are about the same distance apart. UAL's route from SFO to SYD and South African's JFK to Capetown. The flights are nonstop and range about 16 hrs.
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UAL W/stops

Sun Jan 16, 2000 3:00 pm

I know UAL has a three stop ORD-LAX-Auckland-Melbourne. (Flight 841)

Also they have EWR-ORD-NRT, (flight 883)

Both have a changr of Aircraft.



Also Aeroflot has a SVO-Vladivostok-ANC-SEA-AFO, during the winter. That is an Iluyshin IL96. The whole way. They refuel at ANC. The rest are just stops to pickup/drop off pax.
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RE: UAL W/stops

Sun Jan 16, 2000 3:06 pm

The LAX-Melbourne segment no longer stops in Auckland. It is now nonstop, and I believe is the longest nonstop flight in the world (longer than ORD-HKG). It's a 747-400 flight.
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RE: Hawaiian717

Sun Jan 16, 2000 3:14 pm

I back Hawaiian717. The flight no longer stops in Auckland. BTW, those routes have always been operated on the B747-400. Another is that, it is geographically obvious that SFO/MEL is longer than ORD/HKG
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RE: Longest Routine Flight

Sun Jan 16, 2000 3:22 pm

I thought Sbbre44 was referring to actual flight time. I know that SWA has a flight to SJC from FLL w/ several stops. I believe it's FLL-MCO-AUS-PHO-LAX keeping the same flight #. Also in Brazil VARIG the main carrier has a flight that makes 8 stops keeping the same flt #. I cannot remember the sequence, it covers the entire coast of the country. These routes (SWA and VRG) are operated on B737's -200, -300
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RE: Longest Routine Flight

Sun Jan 16, 2000 5:33 pm

On of the longest non stop flights is AF's flight NRT-CDG, they have a total of about 10 flights a week of which 3 are flown over the polar route (almost 16 hours) with a 744. I was on this flight in Summer 1998.

Otherwise you must be right with the US Australia flights. Preveiously Pan Am had it's famouse flight number one which was around the world, touching down in JFK, LON, BEY, KHI, DEL, HKG i quess.

What about UAL, didn't they have a flight that goes CHI to DEL via California (LAX or SFO), HKG? or was it DEL-LON-ORD?

PK (Pakistan international) had a very longggg flight that was stoped in 1998 i quess, it was Islam Abad, KHI, DAM, FRA, JFK, YYZ. I alwasy felt a pitty for the
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UA Round-the-world

Sun Jan 16, 2000 5:58 pm

UA has ceased the round-the-world flight due to the Asian crisis. The old routing was:

Flight 1: LAX-HKG-DEL-LHR-JFK-LAX (747-400, 747-400, 767-300, 767-300)
Flight 2: JFK-LHR-DEL-HKG-LAX-JFK (767-300, 767-300, 747-400, 747-400)

Now, I believe that flight 1 culminates in BKK, and flight 2 starts in BKK.

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RE: UA Round-the-world

Sun Jan 16, 2000 6:01 pm

Hi Fly777UAL

thanks ver ymuch for the info.
Yes i quess flight number UA002 starts in BKK. i was about to fly back from BKK eastbound but i dropped it at the last moment! (The BKK flight stops in HKG again before crossing the Pacific)

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Mon Jan 17, 2000 1:04 am

Hey -

Aeroflot operates an Ilyushin IL62 on the SFO-SEA-ANC-VVO route, not an IL96-300. VVO cannot handle widebody aircraft as the runway is too short.

Interestingly, that route also includes stops at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka and Khabarovsk. I think the longest leg is 5 hours. Alaska used to fly SEA-ANC-PET-VVO-KHB, but stopped it due to lack of revenue. They operated an MD-80 on the route. Scary thought.

I flew SFO-ANC-SVO once, again on an IL62, back in 1993. The flight was OK, but the IL62 is cramped and noisy. Never been to VVO, but I've heard it's quite interesting.
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RE: Longest Routine Flight

Mon Jan 17, 2000 2:16 am

NW operates a same-plane flight MSP-NRT-SIN, which the flight schedule says covers 9055 miles. They also operate JFK-NRT-HKG with a 747-400, a distance of 8067 miles.
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Aeroflot SVO-Lima

Mon Jan 17, 2000 3:32 am

Aeroflot has a SVO-SNN-HAV-Lima service. I think it is an IL62 on that route, but I am 100% sure that it i sstill operated.
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Try These

Mon Jan 17, 2000 4:55 am

From the original poster remarks it seems as though he's asking for longest "same flight" routing. Have included the 3 longest non-stops as well [there *are* 3 of them pending how it's measured!!!].

As far as longest "same flight" goes, I'd submit NZ19 FRA-LAX-AKL - a ttl of 19,793kms with a time of 26hrs 50 mins incl ground time in LAX.

The three longest non-stops are currently as follows:
Longest non-stop in miles:
SA with a B744 JFK-JNB-operated one way only though. When they start ATL-JNB this will be superseded. JFK-JNB is at 7960 mls.
Longest non-stop both ways year round:
UA and QF LAX-MEL - close to the mileage at 7930 with a block time of14h55m southbound.
Longest non-stop in time:
UA ORD-HKG - mileage is nowhere near the other two but has a block time of 15h55m westbound.

All are operated with B744 equipment and pending the engine make on the QF
euqipment, it's possible all 3 major engine manufacturers can claim one of these! UA and SA use different plants - not sure which one QF is using.
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RE: Longest Routine Flight

Sun Jan 23, 2000 11:52 pm

MAS operates one of the longest flights for the Boeing 777. It operates a Newark-New York service into Kuala Lumpur with onely one-stop at Dubai.

The UK-Aust/NZ flights must be on the list somewhere for long-hauls.

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