Mine is longer than yours?

The airlines have started a battle to be the one with the longest flight in the world. There are the regular players in play – the ones who have had the longest flight in the past, and Air India. Yes, Air India who during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley announced the Bangalore-San Fransisco (BLR-SFO) flight. They later changed it to be Delhi-San Fransisco (DEL-SFO). BLR-SFO at 8,701 mies would have taken the crown for the longest flight in the world, beating out Emirates‘ recently announced Dubai-Panama City (DXB-PTY) at 8,588 miles. DEL-SFO is only 7,706, taking India out of play. Air India switched to Delhi which is hub for all long-haul flights.

The crown for the longest flight in the world was held for the longest time by Singapore Airlines with their Singapore-Newark (SFO-EWR). This flight at 9,534 was the longest non-stop flight ever flown by any airline. This flight is at the edge of the ability of most planes. Singapore Airlines used to fly it using an Airbus A340-500 plane in a Business Class only configuration, and extreme weight limits. The A345 as it was known was a shorter version of the A340 fitted with extra large fuel tanks for long-haul flights. Airbus however stopped making the 4-engine A340s and Singapore Airlines discontinued the flight. The economics of the flight in an all-business class config was always suspect too.

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The current longest flight that is actually flying is Qantas’ Sydney to Dallas (SYD-DWF) at 8,578 miles.

Mic Drop

Singapore Airlines has come back, shutting up all the other players by announcing that they are bringing SIN-EWR back! Airbus has promised them that the 2-engine highly fuel efficient A350 and fly the distance. With this flight back on the roster, Singapore Airlines is far ahead of Emirates, with SIN-EWR beating DXB-PTY 9,534 to 8,588. Mic drop? Or will Emirates respond with an even longer flight?

Comments

  1. It should be mic (microphone), not mike.

    Also, Singapore Airlines is scheduled to receive the A350-900ULR in 2018, so that gives another airline, such as Emirates, to be on top for a couple years.

  2. It should be mic (microphone), not mike.

    Also, Singapore Airlines is scheduled to receive the A350-900ULR in 2018, so that gives another airline such as Emirates, time to be on top for a couple years.

  3. Thanks on the spelling error. I have fixed it.

    And yes, I should have pointe out that SQ does not get the A350 for a couple of years.

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