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Pirschjaeger
11-10-2005, 09:10 AM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">By EMILY BEHLMANN, Associated Press Writer
47 minutes ago



LONDON - A Boeing Co. jet arrived in London from Hong Kong on Thursday, breaking the record for the longest nonstop flight by a commercial jet.

The 777-200LR Worldliner €" one of Boeing's newest planes €" touched down shortly after 1 p.m. (8 a.m. EST) at London's Heathrow Airport after a journey of more than 11,664 miles. The previous record was set when a Boeing 747-400 flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney in 1989.

A representative of ******ss World Records, which monitored the flight, presented Boeing's Lars Andersen with a certificate confirming it was for the longest nonstop commercial flight.

Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, was at the controls when the plane left Hong Kong, said the trip east across the Pacific had been bumpy.

"But we had a great ride across the United States ... and across the Atlantic we saw our second sunrise of the trip," she said.

The jet spent 22 hours and 43 minutes in the air.

Andersen said the Hong Kong-to-London flight showed the future of air travel.

"With the 777-200LR, we are changing the world," he said. "Passengers can fly commercially between just about any two cities nonstop."

The plane had four pilots and was carrying 35 passengers and crew, including Boeing representatives, journalists and customers.

The record-breaking attempt is part of Boeing's fierce competition with its European rival Airbus. The Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner was designed to compete directly with the popular Airbus 340-500, which has a flight range of 10,380 miles.

Boeing said that after leaving Hong Kong, the jet flew across the northern Pacific Ocean before reaching North America, where it flew over Los Angeles, then slightly south of Chicago and over New York before cruising over the Atlantic Ocean to London. Hong Kong-London flights usually fly over Russia.</span>


This is bad news in my opinion. Has anyone ever experienced a 12 hour flight? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Fritz

B16Enk
11-10-2005, 09:21 AM
DVT Special if you ask me.

I think the flight London to Dulles (Northern Virginia) is too long as it is!

Pirschjaeger
11-10-2005, 09:26 AM
When I visit family in Nova Scotai I first have a 12 hour flight to Vancouver. Then a 3 hour wait for the next flight. Six hour flight to Toronto followed by a nine hour wait. Then a two hour flight to Halifax followed by **** landings in high turbulance. From the Halifax airport to my fathers house is a 4 hour drive.

I hate travelling by plane. Gimme a train!

Fritz

ploughman
11-10-2005, 09:50 AM
So they went the long way round because they could?

Good work guys and girls.

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Pirschjaeger
11-10-2005, 09:53 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
So they went the long way round because they could?

Good work guys and girls.

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Yes! It annoys the hell out of me. It costs much more to fly the shorter route. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Fritz

Taylortony
11-10-2005, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
By EMILY BEHLMANN, Associated Press Writer
47 minutes ago

The plane had four pilots had four pilots and was carrying 35 passengers and crew, including Boeing representatives, journalists and customers.

Fritz

This is bad news in my opinion. Has anyone ever experienced a 12 hour flight?

Fritz


Well with only 35 pax onboard you could have a football match, so Deep Vein Thrombosis isn't an issue, it is not what one would call packed lol........... not what one would call a real commercial success either is it............

DrHerb
11-10-2005, 04:45 PM
wonder what the ticket price would be for a flight that long