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Longest non-stop flights in the world

This year, Singapore Airlines started to operate what is known as today’s longest flight in the world. The Airbus A350-900 aircraft carrying passengers and cargo took its very first long-haul flight for the new route on November 9. It departed from Changi Airport in Singapore and traveled non-stop to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Despite the difficult times for the airline business, this is an early indication of optimism in air travel.

And here are the flight’s superb metrics outlined by the flight captain himself:

Duration

According to Captain Gopala Subramaniam, the airline’s deputy chief pilot for its A350 fleet, the aircraft with flight number SQ24 was in the air for nearly 17 hours or 16 hours and 58 minutes to be exact. But aside from its “flight time”, the period was also measured based on its “block time” or the gate-to-gate stretch that includes moments like taxiing to and from the runway. Block time is a much longer period, which was timed at 18 hours and 5 minutes in this flight.

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The return flight SQ23 (New York – Singapore) however has a much longer block time, due to the wind blowing in the opposite direction.The block time, in this case, was 18 hours and 40 minutes, bringing that particular flight the world’s longest block time at the moment.

However, these flights between New York and Singapore are not the longest flights to have ever occurred in history. An airline with a route New Jersey-Singapore should have held the longest block time in the world measuring at 18 hours and 45 minutes had it not stopped its operations recently. According to the airline’s vice president for public relations, James Boyd, They will resume operations as soon as the pandemic or market condition allows. In 2019, Qantas Airlines also had their three test flights – two flights from NYC to Sydney and another from London to Sydney which they called research flights for their “project sunlight”. Block times were measured at more than 19 hours. The project was also halted due to the pandemic.

Distance

Traversing from Singapore to north of the Philippines, south of Taiwan, south of Japan, towards Anchorage, north of Edmonton, then north of Chicago before coming to New York, the route covered approximately 9,000 nautical miles or 10,000 standard miles. 

Fuel

The aircraft was loaded with nearly 238,540 pounds or 108.2 tonnes of fuel for the entire flight. 214,951 pounds were used by the aircraft and about 23,598 pounds of extra fuel was left when they landed.

Speed

According to Subramaniam, their speed is considered fast for an Airbus aircraft. An Airbus A330 travels at Mach 0.82, while their airbus A350 cruises at Mach 0.85 or 85% the speed of sound. It can be compared to Boeing 787 and Boeing 777, which travels at Mach 0.85 and Mach 0.84, respectively.

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The aircraft was loaded with nearly 238,540 pounds or 108.2 tonnes of fuel for the entire flight. 214,951 pounds were used by the aircraft and about 23,598 pounds of extra fuel was left when they landed.

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