globetrotter
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Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sat Apr 01, 2000 8:20 am

Does anyone know the longest (distance/time) non-stop, regularly-scheduled commercial flight worldwide? Just curious. Thanks so much.

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RWally
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sat Apr 01, 2000 9:03 am

The longest nonstop scheduled flight currently operating is the 7,968-mile trip from New York to Johannesburg on South African Airways. In terms of time taken, the longest is 15 hr. 10 min. for the flight from Osaka to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines

Source: 1997 Edition of The Guinness Book of World Records
 
Brick
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sat Apr 01, 2000 3:13 pm

I read on my Fed Ex calendar today that the longest cargo flight is operated by them from MEM to HKG utilizing the MD-11F.

Mark Abbott
Minneapolis, MN
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Guest

RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sat Apr 01, 2000 3:51 pm

In terms of time taken, isn't the longest flight UA895 from ORD to HKG? Last time I checked UA's timetable it was listed as 15:55 but that is gate-to-gate; don't know about the actual flight time. Is the 15:10 for the Turkish Airlines run from Osaka to Istanbul the actual flight time?
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sat Apr 01, 2000 5:55 pm

I have read that CPA828 (Cathay Pacific) Hong Kong to Toronto non-stop is the longest flight as far as time goes.
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 12:19 am

CX828 or the future AC10 HKG-YYZ takes only 15h15min.

UA895 ORD-HKG is the longest in terms of time. A Qantas flight JFK-MEL is the longest in terms of distance. I think this topic has been discussed less than two weeks ago here.
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 12:42 am

Can we consider the Qantas flight? It is not nonstop.
 
turbulence
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 1:08 am

As Bbinchi suggests, if QF flight is nonstop, we cannot consider it.
A friend of mine flown LHR-LAX in 16 hours, scheduled BAW flight, on board B744.
The longest non-scheduled non-stop was CDG-SYD in 23h50 on board A342

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GLA MD11
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CDG-SYD Non Stop?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 1:56 am

I don't think so...
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 3:57 am

If memory serves, the flight to which "Turbulence" refers was actually from AKL to CDG and was a proving run when Airbus debuted the A340. I think they called it "World Ranger" or something of the sort and it did, indeed, fly the route nonstop to demonstrate the extreme range of the type.

I do not know, however, if they did it with standard fuel capacity or if they had extra tanks on board. I recall reading that the passenger complement was Airbus Industrie execs. and members of the press; no doubt some airline folk were also aboard. I also remember the story stressing that this flight was atypical for the A340 but they wanted to see just how far it could fly nonstop, albeith with a limited load.

Anyone have any more details about this event or corrections to what I've related?

Bill
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 4:16 am

Just found this on the Airbus web site:

"Another record set by the A340 include the world's longest-ever non-stop flight by a civil airliner -- the 19,258-km./10,392-naut. mi. "World Ranger" flight from Auckland to Paris in June 1993. This was the return leg of the first one-stop around-the-world flight, from Paris to Auckland and back, which set a total of six new aviation records."

As in the previous post, it remains unclear if this feat was accomplished with standard fuel capacity, and I suspect the load was extremely limited.
 
eg777er
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 5:34 am

I think I remember that this A340 flight was with a standard A340, no extra fuel tanks, but it had a couple of tons of testing equipment and a few pax.

Also, as far as I am aware the flight was from the Airbus test site in Tolouse. The a/c was dragged to the runway and the engines were started on the threshold, to prevent fuel being spent on taxiing.
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 8:47 am

Year round I believe that LAX-MEL (UA,QF - at 12,762kms) is the longest non-stop service. On a seasonal basis, I believe that JNB-JFK (SA) is the worlds longest but a number of their flights operate via SAL for fuel. Another regular scheduled long flight is ORD-HKG (UA) at a distance of 12,549kms.

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timz
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 8:52 am

SAA's ATL-JNB nonstop is presumably the longest-mileage nonstop, if it actually exists.
 
goooooaaal
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Sun Apr 02, 2000 9:00 am

I believe the longest non-stop flight is the 8,000 mile plus South African Airways flight three or four times weekly from Atlanta to JoBurg... But it can't make it all the way back as the westbound flight stops in Ft Lauderdale at about 5:00 a.m. EST (SAA currently code shares with Delta, or should I say the new Russian national carrier).
 
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LAX-SYD

Sun Apr 02, 2000 7:26 pm

the longest direct route in the world is LAX -SYD (flown it twice before). It is 14:40 hrs and i think its 7465 miles or something close to that.
 
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RE: LAX-SYD

Sun Apr 02, 2000 11:58 pm

Check again, "Future_747_f/o",

From UA's timetable alone (other sources could confirm this):

UA 815, LAX-SYD, 7487 miles, 14:25

UA 895, ORD-HKG, 7793 miles, 15:55

UA 847, LAX-MEL, 7920 miles, 15:20

Don't have the stats for SA's flight from JFK to JNB but I believe it falls somewhere in between UA 895 and UA 847 where *distance* is concerned, not sure about total time elapsed.
 
timz
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ATL-JNB

Tue Apr 04, 2000 3:02 am

At 8439 statute miles, Atlanta to Johannesburg is the undisputed longest-distance scheduled nonstop, if it actually exists. The OAG says it does, but who knows?
 
vulindlela744
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Tue Apr 04, 2000 12:02 pm

You are right. The longest flight is the ATL-JNB flight. The second longest is the ATL-CPT flight. Both operated by SAA with 744. They are both weight restricted flights. Can only take so much cargo.
 
Amir
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Tue Apr 04, 2000 7:35 pm

according to Amadeus CRS, Bbinchi ir right! timewise, the longest nonstop flight is UA 895 ORD-HKG 15:55

i personally once flew NRT-CDG over the pole (Nov.98) with Af, the flight took
15:45 minutes! (747-400) however they discontinued their polar flights once they received the overflying rights from Russia.



rgds Amir
 
qantas747
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Wed Apr 05, 2000 11:25 am

Hi,
I think the longest non-stop flight is SYD-LHR
because it went nearly 20hrs.
See ya,
QANTAS747
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Wed Apr 05, 2000 12:27 pm

If you go to SAA's web site you can find the press release which details their nonstop ATL-JNB service and other new service (CPT-FLL, for example).
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Wed Apr 05, 2000 1:51 pm

JFK to JFK jr. by Egypt Air
 
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RE: Longest Non-stop Flight?

Wed Apr 05, 2000 10:41 pm

wuz up airplane homies