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2013-10-21 11:57:05 PM
Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.
 
2013-10-22 12:07:19 AM
Sad? Are you that hopelessly sentimental? How do you survive autumn when the trees start to lose their leaves?
 
2013-10-22 12:12:46 AM

Sid_6.7: Sad? Are you that hopelessly sentimental? How do you survive autumn when the trees start to lose their leaves?


I shall let Josiah Bartlet answer for me: "A long flight across the night? You know why late flights are good? Because we cease to be earthbound and burdened with practicality. Ask the impertinent question."
 
2013-10-22 12:17:55 AM

bdub77: Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.


I flew into Newark once.

ONCE!
 
2013-10-22 12:21:11 AM

bdub77: Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.


Singapore doesn't fark around with its criminals.
 
2013-10-22 12:21:30 AM

JasonOfOrillia: bdub77: Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.

I flew into Newark once.

ONCE!


Same, for a flight to Hong Kong.

I didn't make the flight to Hong Kong.

Once.
 
2013-10-22 12:21:52 AM

bdub77: Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.


It's faster than taking the A train or a cab from JFK.
 
2013-10-22 12:23:38 AM
19 hours? That's a lot of in-flight movies.
 
2013-10-22 12:25:34 AM
The only thing more puzzling than wanting to fly into Newark, is why someone would want to be trapped inside a plane for an entire day.

//Sometimes connections are good.
 
2013-10-22 12:25:59 AM

HawgWild: Sid_6.7: Sad? Are you that hopelessly sentimental? How do you survive autumn when the trees start to lose their leaves?

I shall let Josiah Bartlet answer for me: "A long flight across the night? You know why late flights are good? Because we cease to be earthbound and burdened with practicality. Ask the impertinent question."


images.wikia.com
 
2013-10-22 12:26:35 AM

SirEattonHogg: 19 hours? That's a lot of in-flight movies.


And fapping
 
2013-10-22 12:27:56 AM
Yes, yes, I remember. I had the lasagna.
 
2013-10-22 12:28:03 AM
So, one day I was driving up Valley Ridge and thought "That 747 was moving oddly" then I recognized the Qantas insignia. It was an Airbus that had flown non-stop from Australia to DFW.


fark, non-stop around the globe? I know there's a non-stop to Dubai because that's how my brief GF archivist is going to her gig in Qatar. Still, there's a stop to get to my programmers in Mumbai.
 
2013-10-22 12:28:38 AM
Damn it, nooooo! One of the things on my bucket list is to fly on both the world's longest scheduled flight and the world's shortest. Yeah yeah, I can just take whatever the longest flight is, but I really wanted to take the Singapore to Newark flight.
 
2013-10-22 12:28:45 AM
Did NY- BKK with Thai, ( don't fly Thai )  some years back in Biz, 18+h not sure if I ever do this in eco seat, with no TV, was give food 4-5 times I think
 
2013-10-22 12:29:41 AM
Italie:   The only thing more puzzling than wanting to fly into Newark, is why someone would want to be trapped inside a plane for an entire day.

//Sometimes connections are good.


No, I strongly disagree. Connections are never good (unless you decide to make a mini-trip of your connection point and stay wherever for a few days). That's how one's international flight stretches into 24, 30 hours.  Ugh.
 
2013-10-22 12:30:09 AM
Lewis Black on long overseas flights:

austinist.com

"The airlines try to distract you. They bring you food, food, liquor, liquor, food, food, food. ... Then they show you a movie. Then they show you another movie. And when all that is said and done THERE'S STILL 14 HOURS TO F*CKING GO!."
 
2013-10-22 12:30:29 AM
I bought the airline.

It seemed neater.
 
2013-10-22 12:31:52 AM

WhyteRaven74: Damn it, nooooo! One of the things on my bucket list is to fly on both the world's longest scheduled flight and the world's shortest. Yeah yeah, I can just take whatever the longest flight is, but I really wanted to take the Singapore to Newark flight.


Well, this is the world's shortest:

lh3.ggpht.com

\Orkney Islands in Scotland, apparently.
 
2013-10-22 12:32:28 AM
Like one of my my girlfriends used to say, it's not just the the length, it's the thicketh.
 
2013-10-22 12:33:42 AM
I would quite honestly rather die than take a 19-hour flight.
 
2013-10-22 12:35:31 AM

wildcardjack: So, one day I was driving up Valley Ridge and thought "That 747 was moving oddly" then I recognized the Qantas insignia. It was an Airbus that had flown non-stop from Australia to DFW.


fark, non-stop around the globe? I know there's a non-stop to Dubai because that's how my brief GF archivist is going to her gig in Qatar. Still, there's a stop to get to my programmers in Mumbai.


SYD-DFW is a 747, so you got that part right.
However, 747 is not Airbus, it is a Boeing. And yeah, I'll pass on those ultra-long hauls. HNL-DFW (7.5-8.5 depending on season and winds) and the reverse was long enough, when I was flying that somewhat frequently for work.
 
2013-10-22 12:35:38 AM
*clicks link

That's not a B2 out of Whiteman in Missouri to (brown country) back to Whiteman or Diego Garcia....
 
2013-10-22 12:35:54 AM

bdub77: No one should ever fly into Newark.


It's a stop for processing, before they dump you into Manhattan Island Maximum Security Prison.
 
2013-10-22 12:37:15 AM
I took a relatively short 9-hour flight and I wanted to D.B. Cooper out of it I was so bored.
 
2013-10-22 12:38:07 AM

bdub77: Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.


One does not simply fly into Newark.
 
2013-10-22 12:40:32 AM

SirEattonHogg: 19 hours? That's a lot of in-flight movies.


I've done 19 hours. Though that was broken up into two flights of about equal length with about an hour at Schiphol. Spent a lot of time sleeping and staring at the map at the front of the cabin that showed where we were.
 
2013-10-22 12:43:20 AM

albuquerquehalsey: HawgWild: Sid_6.7: Sad? Are you that hopelessly sentimental? How do you survive autumn when the trees start to lose their leaves?

I shall let Josiah Bartlet answer for me: "A long flight across the night? You know why late flights are good? Because we cease to be earthbound and burdened with practicality. Ask the impertinent question."

[images.wikia.com image 500x222]


i164.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-22 12:43:28 AM
As a smoker, I am pretty sure I would kill someone.  Or sleep all the way.  But after a while you can only sleep so long... Yup I'm going with kill
 
2013-10-22 12:44:30 AM
JasonOfOrillia: I flew into Newark once.

I flew into Newark once and got all kinds of shiat from the customs agent, he asked me a bunch of stupid questions like.

"So why did you go to St. Martin?"

Keep in mind that while he's asking this, my transparent snorkel bag, with flippers and masks, are laying in front of him on the table.

And St Martin is a tropical island that looks like this.

www.charterflightgroup.com

Next question,

"So what do you plan to do with this?" In reference to the small bottles of rum that are in my checked luggage (well under the 2-3L limit).

// didn't have time to grab lunch before the next flight thanks to that dumbass, decided to never fly through newark ever again
 
2013-10-22 12:46:10 AM
Where did they bury the survivors?
 
2013-10-22 12:46:40 AM

SirEattonHogg: No, I strongly disagree. Connections are never good (unless you decide to make a mini-trip of your connection point and stay wherever for a few days). That's how one's international flight stretches into 24, 30 hours.  Ugh.


My last internation flight started early on the 8th and finished late at night on the 10th.  Only 19 hours, even without a layover, would be a dream.
 
2013-10-22 12:47:22 AM

C18H27NO3: I took a relatively short 9-hour flight and I wanted to D.B. Cooper out of it I was so bored.


I flew Chicago <-> London a couple of years ago (roughly the same amount of time), and the air is so dry at altitude that I essentially got a hangover both directions. On the way back, even though I expected it and did a bit better at drinking on board, a couple hours after landing I still drank about a half gallon of water in about 10 minutes and didn't have to pee for another hour and a half. (TMI?)
 
2013-10-22 12:48:35 AM

Chinchillazilla: I would quite honestly rather die than take a 19-hour flight.


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Sorry, don't really mean it.
 
2013-10-22 12:48:54 AM

evaned: ...the air is so dry at altitude that I essentially got a hangover both directions


(without actually drinking, in case that wasn't clear)
 
2013-10-22 12:51:16 AM
Non stop flights are much preferred. My ex flew from Brisbane to Charlotte-Douglass international and with the connections in Auckland and Los Angeles it took her roughly 35 hours. Christ.
 
2013-10-22 12:52:01 AM

Danger Avoid Death: Lewis Black on long overseas flights:



"The airlines try to distract you. They bring you food, food, liquor, liquor, food, food, food. ... Then they show you a movie. Then they show you another movie. And when all that is said and done THERE'S STILL 14 HOURS TO F*CKING GO!."


To paraphrase the great comedian, if Singapore wants to b part of civilization, then they can get off their asses and move the city closer to us.
 
2013-10-22 12:53:45 AM
fusillade762:   SirEattonHogg: 19 hours? That's a lot of in-flight movies.

I've done 19 hours. Though that was broken up into two flights of about equal length with about an hour at Schiphol. Spent a lot of time sleeping and staring at the map at the front of the cabin that showed where we were.



Same.  Flights from Chicago to either Hong Kong or Manila... with stopover for a couple hours in Tokyo.

However, the longest flight was a direct from Chicago to Hong Kong - direct, which is 15 hours.

After having done plenty of flights on older planes in steerage class with the shiatty seat config of 2 - 5 - 2, with the inflight entertainment being those pull down screens and projectors - thank goodness, I now fly a better airline whose planes are all 3 - 3 - 3 seating config with every seat having a TV.

Pro-tip:  Fly Cathay if doing East Asia.  They are awesome. Their economy class is almost like business class for any US-based carrier.  US airlines suck ass.  Period.
 
2013-10-22 12:55:27 AM
Wow, I didn't know that was the longest flight.  Now our corporate travel policy re: booking business class makes sense!  We can only do that if any one leg of the journey is more than 20 hours.
 
2013-10-22 12:56:31 AM

bdub77: Let's start with the king of nonstop flights: Singapore Airlines Flights 21 and 22 between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.

No one should ever fly into Newark.


I for into and out of Newark (Newark-Liberty Int'l). It was a flight from New Orleans, and we arrived at about mugging o'clock NJ time/10pm EST. We were all desperate for sleep, and we were headed for the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. No one saw what a hellhole Jersey is, and we were grateful.

Return flight to New Orleans departs mid-afternoon, so we were forced against our will to see Jersey. It was not pleasant. I think I'd have taken a nonstop to Auckland over seeing any part of that nightmarish state.
 
2013-10-22 12:57:53 AM
When I was in the military I flew from San Diego to Philadelphia to Rota, Spain to Rome then to the airbase at Sigonella, Italy. All on the same L-1011 aircraft and only stopped enroute long enough to transfer passengers (couldn't get off the plane), it took hours less time (and probably smelled better) that that flight in the article.

NOPE.
 
2013-10-22 12:58:08 AM

SirEattonHogg: 19 hours? That's a lot of in-flight movies.


I've been on a train for about that long at a stretch. Not that bad on a train. Amtrak long-distance cars have a lot of room to move around, and some nice lounge cars, plus food service in a sit-down restaurant separate from your assigned seats. Or you can bring your own food and drink, including booze, and they don't care. And all the seats have power outlets. You can even get a room if you're going really, really far. And it's an amazing way to see the country. Make sure you're in the lounge car for dawn and dusk. They're amazing. Pro tip: Bring good headphones and music you can sleep to.

But I would never want to be on a plane for 19 hours. Sounds like hell, especially without my trusty hip flask, which I doubt would make into my carry-on. I'd likely have to spend $100 to get $8 worth of booze on a plane. And good luck with smoke breaks at major stations!
 
2013-10-22 12:58:08 AM
Only 100 seats on an A340? The ticket prices must be astronomical.
 
2013-10-22 12:59:56 AM

SpdrJay: Where did they bury the survivors?


Next to Jimmy Hoffa in the end zone at the Meadowlands.
 
2013-10-22 01:00:17 AM
Firethorn: No, I strongly disagree. Connections are never good (unless you decide to make a mini-trip of your connection point and stay wherever for a few days). That's how one's international flight stretches into 24, 30 hours.  Ugh.

My last internation flight started early on the 8th and finished late at night on the 10th.  Only 19 hours, even without a layover, would be a dream.



Ugh.  I try not to even think about how much time disappeared due to both the flight and with the switch in time zone, or how long it truly took to go door-to-door.
 
2013-10-22 01:02:59 AM

sugardave: Wow, I didn't know that was the longest flight.  Now our corporate travel policy re: booking business class makes sense!  We can only do that if any one leg of the journey is more than 20 hours.


I work for the federal government. The first time I was sent somewhere on expense, I was in my hotel room looking at the room service menu, noticing that within each meal category, breakfast/lunch/dinner. the prices were about the same. And the numbers looked familiar. Then it clicked. The hotel had set most of their meal prices barely below the per diem for each meal the government would pay.

This was in Crystal City, of course. I wouldn't expect a lot of places to have as much attention to detail concerning federal per diem pricing.
 
2013-10-22 01:05:00 AM

Sid_6.7: Crystal City


Isn't that the nickname for Albuquerque these days?
 
2013-10-22 01:06:16 AM
Modern day travelers are so spoiled.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-22 01:06:31 AM
TFA says the seating is 1-2-1 in each row, and recommends aisle seats.YouDontSay.jpg
 
2013-10-22 01:06:36 AM

Brainsick: Sid_6.7: Crystal City

Isn't that the nickname for Albuquerque these days?


Crystal City, Virginia, Heisenberg Einstein!
 
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