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There's a New 'Longest Flight in the World' and It's a Doozy

November 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

The king is dead, long live the king!

Just before dawn across the world at Singapore-Changi Airport, an Airbus A340-500 touched down and taxied to its gate. The passengers filed off, followed by the flight crew, and there was no fanfare for this last arrival of the longest flight in the world.

At nearly 18 hours and 9,500 miles, Singapore Airlines' SQ 21/22 between Newark and Singapore was a monster of a nonstop which only accommodated 100 travelers in all-Business Class comfort. All good things must come to an end, however, and Singapore dropped the route in order to trade in the old, gas-guzzling, four-engine A345s for some shiny and efficient A350s to come.

It's a smart move, but a sad one regardless. Singapore 21/22 will live on through the stories of those who flew it, and we're proud to add our hour-by-hour account to the aviation history books.

Moving on, another flight route must now ascend to the throne and claim the title of "longest flight in the world." For that, look no further than Texas.

Effective immediately, the new longest flight in the world is Qantas QF 7, a regular 747-400 nonstop between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Sydney, Australia.

The total flight time for QF7 is around 16 hours, covering approximately 8,500 miles. That's 1,000 miles less than the Singapore record and without the dedicated upscale service throughout the airplane cabin, so we're talking a major step down.

Don't expect Qantas to call much attention to their new title. What airline wants to highlight the fact that there's between 250-270 travelers cramped in the economy class of an aging airplane for long enough to present a risk of deep vein thrombosis? Still, for flyers who seek the superlatives, this is now the flight to catch to fulfill bucket list goals.

[Photos: Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

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oi, and I thought the 14-hr San Fran-Sydney flight was bad, although flying it did make the subsequent 5-hour cross country flight to D.C. seem brief in comparison.