B737
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New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sat Apr 21, 2001 6:04 pm

Hello to everone
I read an article today that said "New York to Hong Kong done by UNITED AIRLINES made history as the longest Non-Stop flight, but to achieved this, the fuel tanks were full to the extreme,and the Autopilot was disengage (near the North Pole.)
My curiousity is,what was the benefits of disengaging the Autopilot?
Thanks a Million and
Best Regards
Terrence
 
GE
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sat Apr 21, 2001 7:29 pm

Actually, disengaging the autopilot did nothing to the plane's range. They had to do so because the autopilot's GPS could not accurately tell directions at the north pole. Hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Russell Collins  Big thumbs up
 
airbusluver
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sat Apr 21, 2001 9:49 pm

Actually, the world's longest scheduled revenue flight is South African Airways from Johannesburg (South Africa) to JFK. It takes about 17 hours to complete on a 747-400. Sometimes, it can't make it all the way and they have to stop to refuel.
 
ContinentalEWR
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sat Apr 21, 2001 10:20 pm

Airbuslover, first Continental with its EWR-HKG launched March 1st and then the UA JFK-HKG flight have now displaced the South African flight as the world's longest.

ContinentalEWR
 
airbusluver
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sat Apr 21, 2001 11:58 pm

I stand corrected. The distances as the crow flies:

New York-Johannesburg (7960 miles)
New York-Hong Kong (8090 miles)
 
cba
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 12:37 am

Actually, ATL-JNB is the longest flight. I know it has to stop sometimes b/c of winds, but when made nonstop, it is the longest flight.
 
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 12:56 am

I noticed that most of the time, airlines don't make use of a plane's full range. In fact,
most of the time they don't even come close. This is most notable on regional routes,
where, for example, NW doesn't fly any 727's farther than about 1000 miles, even
though the plane's range is well above 1500 miles. While on the other hand 744 has
8400 miles of range, and was flown almost all the way to HKG.
 
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 1:38 am

CBA, ATL-CPT is non-stop, but CPT-ATL makes a stop at FLL. It used to be Cape Verde, but Miami is a huge South African market, so with a stop at FLL not only can the plane refuel to ATL, but it can also let off the many passengers terminating in Miami.
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jfidler
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 2:18 am

I got my figures off Expedia.com, and I contend that ATL-JNB is still the longest non-stop flight.

CO99 EWR-HKG: 8055 miles
UA821 JFK-HKG: 8055 miles
SA212 ATL-JNB: 8440 miles

Justin
 
ILOVEA340
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 3:03 am

I think that Atlanta-Johannesburg is longest?
 
MEGAPTERA
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 4:15 am

According to the great circle flight path display on www.chicago.com/airliners/gc.html the distances are as follows:
EWR-HKG 8065 miles
JFK-HKG 8071 miles
ATL-JNB 8431 miles

Looks like SAA win by a mile (or 360).
 
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RE: UA's B744's

Sun Apr 22, 2001 8:42 am

So is this the official reason why UA have temporarily suspended the LAX-MEL non-stop service until next (northern) winter? Currently they are back flying UA841 ORD-LAX-AKL-MEL & v.v.
I understood that UA needed the modified B744's they were using for the LAX-MEL services to commence the JFK-HKG flights?

Can anyone confirm this?

Cheers - BZF Big grin
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SIA_B777
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 1:12 pm

B737

How long was this flight from New York to Hong Kong?
 
Delta777-XXX
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 1:27 pm

This was not a one time thing people! It's a scheduled flight!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

United Airlines Flights 820 & 821! (non-stop both ways)

Their website says that it's 8067 miles.

UA820 leaves HKG at 5:05 pm and arrives at JFK at 8:35 pm. (local time)

UA821 leaves JFK at 10:50am and arrives at HKG the next day at 2:30 pm. (local time)

http://www.unitedairlines.com
 
AerLingus
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Sun Apr 22, 2001 1:31 pm

Several airlines have done pole-crossing flights from the Northeast to HKG already, including Continental and Cathay Pacific.
Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
 
B737
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Mon Apr 23, 2001 4:50 am

Thanks to everyone
For the replies especially to GE for clarifying the Autopilot misunderstanding.The crazy Media they always gets the facts the wrong way.
Best Regards and Thanks a Million
Terrence
 
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RE: New York-Hong Kong,the Longest Flight Ever.

Mon Apr 23, 2001 6:10 am

Here is UAL's flight schedule to HKG from JKF:

http://www.itn.net/cgi/air?stamp=%2Aitn%2Ford%3DNEWREC%2Citn%2Fair%2Funited&rt_ow=Round+Trip&airline=United&persons=1&air_avail=10&depart=jfk&dest.0=hkg&mon_abbr.0=Apr&date.0=24&hour_ampm.0=2+am&mon_abbr.1=Apr&date.1=30&hour_ampm.1=4+am

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