The Rise of 20-Hour Long Flights

  • Published: 11 December 2018
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    Select footage courtesy the AP Archive

    Footage Attributions (all clips Creative Commons, copyright free, or cleared with owner):
    Cathay Pacific 777 landing shot courtesy PDX Aviation
    a350 landing shot courtesy ZurichAirportSpotter
    UPS footage courtesy UPS
    Singapore Airlines a350 footage courtesy Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Aviateur European Plane Spotted
    Virgin Atlantic a340 footage courtesy Runway Fun
    Qantas 787 footage courtesy Aviation Insider

Comments • 3 489

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   1 years back

    As I mentioned at the end, I also did a video on the longest duration commercial flight in the world on my other channel, Half as Interesting--a little collaboration with myself. Check that video out here:

    • Shravan Vallaban
      Shravan Vallaban  4 weeks back

      @TMB true. nobody cares about you ignorant pleb

    • TMB
      TMB  4 weeks back

      @Shravan Vallaban nobody cares

    • Isaac Lao
      Isaac Lao  2 months back

      Did I ever mentioned that CX already broke that record of NY-HK in 1998 flying from KJFK to VHHH?

  • Lukas Murmann
    Lukas Murmann  2 days back

    The dislikes are from flat earthers

  • D Gaton
    D Gaton  3 days back

    Sooner or later flights lasting more than 15 hours will become less popular to passengers and subsequently to the airlines. Being trapped in an airplane for 10 hours is already too long and is not healthy anyway. I rather make one stop between NY and Singapore than to go straight.

    • Pytho -Phenom and fortnite

      i wish we could build like some underwater airports with giant tubes around it to make sure water dosent get in

      • Ethan Eblaghie
        Ethan Eblaghie  3 days back

        I've been on the Newark to Singapore route. It was horrendously long. I died on the inside.

        • AI Totem
          AI Totem  3 days back

          Jesus I took a 23 hour flight and thought "We have to be able to do better by now"

          but this video slapped that idea in the face!

          • k_wrx_
            k_wrx_  4 days back

            I just flew from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale, 17.5 hour flight on the B777 with Emirates. How is that not on the list??

            • Crypto
              Crypto  1 weeks back

              Welp, can't wait for prices of tickets to drop flying non stop. While it's great to fly non stop, it hurts my wallet.

              • Hilderspilder99
                Hilderspilder99  1 weeks back

                Make a video about electric airplanes, if they're possible or feasible

                • Pressured Apex
                  Pressured Apex  1 weeks back

                  You forgot the MCO-DXB 17:30-18:30 hours

                  • Hans Fritz
                    Hans Fritz  1 weeks back

                    it's a skit job but somebody's gotta do it

                    • kentokyo
                      kentokyo  2 weeks back

                      Shock to hear British Airways is the only European airlines flight to Australia.

                      • Surya Venkataraman
                        Surya Venkataraman  2 weeks back

                        I want a Chicago to Perth

                        • Slav Squirrel!
                          Slav Squirrel!  2 weeks back

                          I wish you were, just, better.

                          • Slav Squirrel!
                            Slav Squirrel!  2 weeks back

                            You act like Singapore is just one freaking city.

                            • yamswole
                              yamswole  3 weeks back

                              And that's why the SR-71 took off with half a fuel load, and then topped off during flight with a fuel tanker.

                              • Jonius7
                                Jonius7  3 weeks back

                                After watching some other video of yours, you keep saying "Newark" in this video.

                                • Johnny Walker
                                  Johnny Walker  3 weeks back

                                  we've gotta get high atmosphere super sonic passenger jets

                                  • Sir Roger
                                    Sir Roger  3 weeks back

                                    You have a great voice sir

                                    • Izaiah Schlosser
                                      Izaiah Schlosser  3 weeks back

                                      5:05 i may be high but is that seatac?

                                      • S J
                                        S J  3 weeks back

                                        Singapore Airlines: Yes now I got 1st place on the longest flight in the world from Singapore to New York

                                        Quantas: Are you sure about that, Quantas make new non stop flight from London to Sydney witch makes it the longest flight in the world

                                        Me: Lol

                                        • CheetahHunt
                                          CheetahHunt  4 weeks back

                                          Who’s here after LHR - SYD

                                          • aura.
                                            aura.  4 weeks back

                                            Not the longest flight anymore, Qantas flies from Heathrow to Sydney

                                            • Tou
                                              Tou  4 weeks back

                                              Another benefit of 20h flights is the elimination of jet lag if you are able to sleep on the plane.

                                              • San Bruno Beacon
                                                San Bruno Beacon  4 weeks back

                                                Most of these long haul flights are over long stretches of water. Aircraft manufacturers need to start developing economical supersonic jets that can go supersonic over the water and subsonic over the short stretches of land. This could cut flight times by 40% or more.

                                                • Graham Johnson
                                                  Graham Johnson  4 weeks back

                                                  7 hours max for me, then I need a transfer break.

                                                  • Joshua 윤호 Han
                                                    Joshua 윤호 Han  1 months back

                                                    I wonder why Singapore never invested in the 777-200 LR. That aircraft could be used to fly Newark to Singapore and its a twin engine unlike the a340 which is a quad engine

                                                    • AmbientLight
                                                      AmbientLight  1 months back

                                                      Not impressed until they can do something like JFK to JFK non stop.

                                                      • BlackPastaa_
                                                        BlackPastaa_  1 months back

                                                        QFA7879 is now the longest

                                                        • 777Outrigger
                                                          777Outrigger  1 months back

                                                          The amazing thing about #10, Delta flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta is that it takes off from a runway with a field elevation of 5,500', significantly reducing takeoff performance because of the thin-air. With as much as 290,000 lbs of fuel often needed, the Delta 777-200LR takeoff performance is nothing less than mind-boggling. All the other flights on the list takeoff at or near sea level. Much easier.

                                                          • A K Singh
                                                            A K Singh  1 months back

                                                            Room for mid-air refuelling business ???

                                                            • James O'Garcia
                                                              James O'Garcia  1 months back

                                                              make sure you take medication to prevent yourself from sickness being cramped in a dirty aircraft for over 15 hours.

                                                              • Alan Fox
                                                                Alan Fox  1 months back

                                                                They should make a non stop flight over the south pole.

                                                                • TheFokker03
                                                                  TheFokker03  1 months back

                                                                  slow down mate,you talk too your world ending soon or something?

                                                                  • Dave Glo
                                                                    Dave Glo  1 months back

                                                                    Xarelto. I take it per doctor’s instructions on all flights over six hours, including my longest to date, 13 hours. It prevents blood clots. Next question?

                                                                    • Nigel Dallas
                                                                      Nigel Dallas  2 months back

                                                                      Long flights are painful for my back, i just take Co-Codamol 30/500 , (Tylenol 3 in the US/Canada) do the trick.

                                                                      • Rexus M
                                                                        Rexus M  2 months back

                                                                        Me in the future
                                                                        **Laughs in Intergalactical Traveling**

                                                                        • Tim Clarke
                                                                          Tim Clarke  2 months back

                                                                          First class information delivered in an articulate and interesting narrative that is easy to comprehend.

                                                                          • Will Mac
                                                                            Will Mac  2 months back

                                                                            With these long flights, surely there will have to be a new type of economy class- not premium, but maybe a cleverer way to pack people in while adding some comfort on these flights

                                                                            • Melbourne Trains Vlogs
                                                                              Melbourne Trains Vlogs  2 months back

                                                                              Now there is a Sydney to New York on Qantas make a video on that

                                                                              • Kick biker
                                                                                Kick biker  2 months back

                                                                                A very engrossing clip. Worth a sub on this alone. Thank you for posting!

                                                                                • ihsanadfinda
                                                                                  ihsanadfinda  2 months back

                                                                                  Could it be possible that mid-air refueling technique is used in commercial aviation (after making the aircraft capable & certified of doing so, of course) so that there will be some fuel saving in those ultra long flights?

                                                                                  • Aviix
                                                                                    Aviix  2 months back

                                                                                    Air New Zealand just announced they will end LA-London route.

                                                                                    • Vlk Etto
                                                                                      Vlk Etto  2 months back

                                                                                      1:37 that’s only 20 minutes...

                                                                                      • George Brown
                                                                                        George Brown  2 months back

                                                                                        New longest flight is QANTAS 7879 from New York to Sydney (KJFK - YSSY).

                                                                                        • Lewis Castro
                                                                                          Lewis Castro  2 months back

                                                                                          Here after Qantas JFK to SYD?

                                                                                          • The musical man
                                                                                            The musical man  2 months back

                                                                                            How can an a350 fly 20hr fllight when it has 370minute etops?

                                                                                            • Lone Wolf
                                                                                              Lone Wolf  2 months back

                                                                                              Yes please i need to get to australia... but not at 1k one way