United Airlines has announced flights from its Los Angeles hub to Singapore which is 14,000KM journey. The journey takes 17 hours, 55minutes on the outbound leg and 15hours, 15 minutes on the way back which has just set the record for the longest nonstop flight from the United States.
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The debut longest flight of UA took off on 29th October. The flight is operated in one-daily route basis with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configured containing 252 seats in a three-class layout in which 116 seats in Economy, 88 seats in Economy Plus and 48 in business.
The debutant longest flight of United Airlines has surpassed Qantas’ previous record of 8,575 miles from Dallas to Sydney.
United and Singapore Airlines still operate an 8,450-mile nonstop flight from San Francisco to Singapore.
However, Australia’s Qantas unveiled its plans to conduct the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight operation calling it the “last frontier of global aviation”. The carrier has reported healthy annual net profits on the back of a strong domestic market. Qantas expects to fly non-stop from Australia to London and New York by 2022. It announced a 17.2 per cent decline in annual net profit of A$852 million after record last year.
Qantas will be working with Boeing and Airbus engineers for a year to develop the aircraft with the capability of conducting long flights. The airline will be especially focusing on Boeing 777-X and Airbus A350.
The non-stop flights will cut off up to four hours in the Sydney-London route which is now over 24 hours. Currently, the longest non-stop commercial air service after United Airlines is Qatar Airways’ Doha-Auckland 14,535km flight, with a flight time of over 16 hours.
According to Qantas, the Sydney-London flight would cover a distance of 17,000kms. CEO for Qantas Group Mr. Alan Joyce said, “This is the last frontier of global aviation, this is the antidote to the tyranny of distance and a revolution for air travel in Australia.”