SUR­VIVE LONG NON­STOP FLIGHTS

ARAM GE­SAR EX­PLAINS HIS TRICKS TO MAK­ING THE BEST OF A LONG FLIGHT

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The trav­eler who sets off from New York or Lon­don with the in­tent of fly­ing around the world can do so in three hops. In the late 1980s, up­graded en­gines al­lowed Jumbo jets to reach Tokyo non-stop. From the Ja­panese cap­i­tal, tran­sPa­cific flights opened up to Vancouver, San Fran­cisco, and Los An­ge­les. From any of these, you could make a fi­nal leap back to Lon­don or New York.

Since Feb 5, 2017, the long­est non-stop sched­uled air­line flight by great cir­cle dis­tance is Qatar Air­ways Flight 921/920 be­tween Auck­land, New Zealand and Doha, Qatar at 14,535 kilo­me­ters (7,848 nmi; 9,032 mi). The flights use a very long-range Boe­ing 777-200LR. QR 921 from Auck­land to Doha is also the long­est flight in du­ra­tion, tak­ing 18 hours and 20 min­utes.

Qantas be­gan the first UK-Aus­tralia sched­uled non-stop Boe­ing 787 ser­vice on Mar. 25, 2018, with a spe­cial jet­lag re­duc­ing menu. The flight will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

Later this year these new very long flights will be in­tro­duced:

On Septem­ber 1, 2018, Qantas will launch non­stop flights be­tween Mel­bourne and San Fran­cisco us­ing Boe­ing 7879 air­craft. The flight will cover 12,641 kilo­me­tres (6,826 nmi; 7,855 mi) and last

Troughly 15 hours. On Septem­ber 15, 2018, Cathay Pa­cific will be­gin non­stop flights be­tween Hong Kong and Wash­ing­ton—Dulles us­ing Air­bus A350-1000 air­craft. The flight will cover 13,122 kilo­me­tres (7,085 nmi; 8,154 mi) and last about 16 hours.

On Oc­to­ber 28 2018 Philip­pine Air­lines will launch non­stop flights be­tween

Manila and New York us­ing Boe­ing 777300ER air­craft (could change to an Air­bus A350-900). The flight will cover 13,712 kilo­me­tres (7,404 nmi; 8,520 mi) and last 15 hours and 30 min­utes.

On Novem­ber 30, 2018, Air New

Zealand will be­gin non­stop flights be­tween Chicago—O’Hare and Auck­land us­ing Boe­ing 787-9 air­craft. The flight will cover 13,171 kilo­me­ters (7,112 nmi; 8,184 mi) and last about 16 hours.

MY SUR­VIVAL GUIDE TO VERY LONG FLIGHTS

Hear­ing a re­cent dis­cus­sion with fel­low fre­quent fly­ers con­cern­ing the world’s long­est flights made me re­mem­ber my first true long-haul flight to Hong Kong from New York. About six hours into the 15-hour flight, I was feel­ing strong and con­fi­dent. I clearly re­mem­ber think­ing, “Six hours down, nine to go. No sweat.”

But get there I did. Un­for­tu­nately, that meant I had to get back as well, a flight on which I made a se­ri­ous tac­ti­cal er­ror, which led to mis­ery for me and en­ter­tain­ment for my friends on the flight—about which I will tell more in due course.

How­ever, not all long-haul flights have to be mis­er­able; on one di­rect flight from New York to Honolulu or Zurich to Mi­ami took once 11+ hours! I was near­ing the end of a book I was en­joy­ing im­mensely, and re­mem­ber dis­tinctly think­ing, “No, no, just a lit­tle more time!” when the pi­lot told us over the in-flight PA that we had started our fi­nal de­scent. Here are 10 tips for pre­vent­ing bore­dom, de­hy­dra­tion, deep­vein throm­bo­sis, sleep de­pri­va­tion and more so you can con­fi­dently say “I got this” the next time you are im­pris­oned in a metal tube for an en­tire wak­ing day of your life.

USE AIR­LINE SEAT MAPS OR SEATGURU

On the flight back from Hong Kong men­tioned above, I called ahead to get my seat re­as­signed to an exit row—big mis­take. Un­be­knownst to me, the exit row seat I chose was a win­dow seat at one of the big, thick exit doors, which en­croached on my leg area such that I had to sit side­ways in the seat for the en­tire flight. It was also more like an “exit aisle,” lo­cated right at a re­stroom, so there was end­less

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