Sunday, April 29, 2018

New World’s Longest Flight Launching This Year

Singapore Airlines used to fly the world's longest flight, Newark - Singapore, along with what at the time was the second longest flight Los Angeles - Singapore. They held the title from June 2004 through November 2013, operating these services with flying gas cans Airbus A340-500s.

It's hard to make ultra long haul flying work. A flight scheduled at over 18 hours is going to require a dedicated aircraft in each direction, and fares are going to have to cover that plane's full costs. With fuel prices up that's even more difficult since they burned over 58,000 gallons of fuel in each direction. The flight used 14 cabin crew and six pilots to make the journey.

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