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Fly Around the World with 1 Stop on the Worlds’ Two Longest Flights

First let me start off by saying that this is probably very old news to some of you. The last few weeks have consisted of me planning and re-planning my trip around the world this summer. The route and dates keep changing since I'm doing it mostly NonRev and the flights keep filling up. I probably picked a bad time of year (the summer) to do this. But anyways, while trying to find a way to connect from Dubai to somewhere in Asia (Delta doesn't fly this route) I stumbled across a direct flight from Singapore to Newark. I realized this obviously had to be a ridiculously long flight since Delta's flight to Singapore is another 7 hours after stopping in Tokyo-Narita. I looked into it more and it turns out that this route is the longest nonstop commercial service in the world. It couldn't get much longer since it is literally half way around the globe. At a short hop of 18 Hours and 55 minutes Singapore Airlines Flight 22 travels from the Singapore-Changi Airport to Newark International near New York City. The flight covers a distance of about 8500 nautical miles as the crow flies. Once arriving in Newark, the plane turns around and returns to Singapore as flight 21 and is airborne for another 18 hours and 40 minutes. The return flight is just a bit shorter due to tailwinds and its' route. This makes these flights the longest and second longest in the world. These flights utilize the Airbus A340-500 aircraft in a 100 seat-all Business Class configuration. After its' duration, the craziest part of this flight is its' route. Mostly all flights from the Continental United States to Asia travel over Northern North America and cross the Pacific Ocean going both directions. This flight actually flies Eastbound on both the outbound and return segments. The flight from Newark to Singapore actually crosses the North Atlantic with the rest of the New York - Europe flights to take advantage of the trade winds and then continues on without stopping for fuel. (Singapore's flights from New York-JFK to Changi stop in Frankfurt, Germany) This means you can actually circumnavigate the globe on just 2 flight segments. Once in a while the flight will fly directly over the North Pole instead of overflying Europe.
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The flight from Singapore-Changi to Newark flies Eastbound over Japan, the North Pacific, Alaska, and Canada as do most US-Asia flights. (Photo from Flightaware.com)

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This shows the flight's path on the return segment back to Singapore. It flies over the North Atlantic, Northern and Eastern Europe, and India. It's crazy to think you can fly from New York to Asia without crossing the Pacific. (Photo from FlightAware.com)

I don't know about you but 37 hours in Singapore Airlines' Business Class sounds awesome to me. I really feel like I may have to try this out on a separate trip from mine coming up in a couple weeks. Unfortunately, 20,000 miles in a premium cabin on one of the nicest airlines out there doesn't come cheap. A few trial dates this summer priced out at about $7,000 dollars roundtrip. It's definitely an awesome way to burn some Star Alliance frequent flyer miles if you happen to have extras. Unfortunately the carrier announced that it will be discontinuing this route sometime this year. It doesn't look like a specific date has been set yet but the flight is bookable throughout this Summer. Fly it while you can!! Comment below with some of the longest flights you've ever been on! The Thirty Thousand Blog is written by Kyle Dunst. Like us on Facebook or follow @30ThousandBlog on Twitter. You can also subscribe via email or RSS using the links on the right.

1 Comment

  1. Ray Ray
    May 3, 2013    

    Flew as Captain on Northwest Airlines KMSP-VHHH, 15:41 in a Boeing 747-400

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I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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