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Qantas set to operate the world’s longest nonstop flight

November 15, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas is about to take the title for operating the world’s longest nonstop scheduled commercial flight – and it won’t have to launch a new service or change a thing.

The Australian carrier’s Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth leg, which clocks in at about 8576 miles (13,802 kilometres), will become the world’s longest nonstop flight when Singapore Airlines axes two even longer flights. CONSULTANTS TRAVEL MKTG HOT PINK 250 X 250

From 23 November 2013, Singapore Airlines will drop its nonstop flights between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles. Those are 9525 miles (15,329 kilometres) and 8770 miles (14,114 kilometes) respectively – the longest nonstops offered by any airline.

Singapore Airlines operates the marathon flights with Airbus A340-500 aircraft (configured with just 100 seats, all business class) and Airbus is buying back all five A340-500s in SIA’s fleet. It’s part of a deal in which SIA will buy five more Airbus A380s and 20 more Airbus A350s.

“This major order will provide us with additional growth opportunities and is consistent with our longstanding policy of maintaining a young and modern fleet,” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said in an issued statement.

“It demonstrates our commitment to the Singapore hub, and our confidence in the strength of the market for premium full-service travel.

“Although disappointing that we will be halting these services, we remain very committed to the US market,” Goh said in the release.

Aviation Week writes that “it is widely known in the industry that SIA’s A340-500 non-stop flights to the US are unprofitable, because of the four-engined aircraft’s higher fuel burn”.

When, at the end of this month, Qantas’s Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth route becomes the world’s longest nonstop, the runner up will be Delta’s route from Atlanta to Johannesburg. That, for the record, is about 8434 miles or 13,573 kilometres. If measured in hours in the air, the Delta flight (operated by a B777-200LR) is actually the longest, but only by a small margin. According to Expedia the Delta flight takes 15 hours and 25 minutes.

Qantas flies to Dallas/Fort Worth using a long-range B747-400ER and the flight is listed by Expedia as taking 15 hours and 10 minutes. Qantas may eventually switch to the twin-engine B787 Dreamliner.

Written by : Peter Needham

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