'Howdy, Y'all' from the World's Longest Nonstop Flight
Did y’all cowpokes know there’s a newly crowned “World’s Longest Nonstop Flight?” With the retirement of Singapore Airlines flight 21/22, an unnaturally long 18hr 50min nonstop flight between Singapore and Newark, comes the new champion of distance: Qantas Airlines 7's 15h 25min nonstop from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, Texas.
It doesn’t take a math genius to realize that the flying time difference between the newcomer and the old-timer is a dramatic 3hr 25min. You could watch “Titanic” from start to finish in that exact time (the movie is literally 3 hr 25 min long). However, we certainly don’t want to make light of a 15-hour flight.
Let us not forget that while Singapore’s flights were longer, they were also running a completely business class cabin with no economy option. For Qantas, a few hundred passengers on the new longest flight will be spending their 15+ hours sitting upright in economy, chewing Xanax to make the pain go away. Just kiddingEconomy in one of Qantas’ 747-400ERs really isn’t all that bad (though we’d still suggest spending a little extra for Premium Economy like we did).
As we mentioned above, the plane used for this journey is a Boeing 747-400ER. Qantas is the only passenger airline to operate the 747-400ER* and they have six of them. We’re not completely sure which of the six jets we were on, but considering the first 400ER was delivered to Qantas in 2002, they’re all still relatively fresh.
We’d love to come up with some titillating details to give you about this journey, but to be honest it’s just a really long flight and it’s up to you and your IFE (in-flight entertainment) to make the most of it. Luckily, a good portion of the flight takes place at night, so you’ll have plenty of time to stand up, walk around the cabin, talk to the flight attendants, be that awkward person doing yoga stretches in the aisle, or catch up on any Jaunted stories you may have missed.
Bonus: Check out this video we took of our landing at DFW:
[Photos and Video: Andy Miles]