Over 9,000 miles; 17 hours; just the 1 flight! With the world’s longest commercial flight recently going on sale with QANTAS, the planet is opening up further to the needs of both the business and leisure traveller in new and exciting ways! QANTAS launched their new route direct between Perth, Western Australia, and London, bypassing the usual stopovers in Asia or the Middle East, with their newly redesigned Boeing 787 Dreamliner. So what does this mean to you?
Firstly, there is the convenience of being able to reduce your time in the air down to just 17 hours, making those all important business meetings more accessible, or those family events within reach.
Secondly, there are several advances in the technology of the Dreamliner, with higher cabin pressure (closer to the atmosphere at ground level) and humidity making for less jetlag and meaning a higher altitude can be reached so less clouds and turbulence. The aircraft is also more fuel efficient with less engine noise so passengers can sleep easier on these ultra long flights.
Lastly, to keep the total weight of the aircraft as low as possible, and providing enough weight allowance for fuel on this direct flight, the cabin configuration has been modified with more room for passengers in all cabins. Paired with larger windows and state-of-the-art in-flight facilities, passengers will be more comfortable even with the longer flight time.
Of course all these conveniences come with a price tag, and although pricing has yet to be released, we can expect the tickets to be above the cost of a current connecting flight, but not exorbitantly so.
Although only having a flight time of 14 1/2 hours, the Air India flight from Delhi to San Francisco covers the longest distance in the world in its Boeing 777-200 ER… a huge 9,408 miles!
QANTAS already holds the fourth longest flight in the world between Sydney, Australia, and Dallas, Texas, which they began operating in 2014. At 8,578 miles the trip takes 15 1/2 hours in their Airbus A380-800.
Both United Airlines, with a Boeing 787-200, and Singapore Airlines, in an Airbus A350-900, have operated on the route between San Francisco and Singapore since mid 2016, and although only covering 8,446 miles, due to its direction of travel the flight lasts 17 1/4 hours.
No matter which way I look at these ultra long distance flights, the thought of spending that long in my seat is not a pleasant thought… unless I treat myself to business class that is!
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