The Rise of 20-Hour Long Flights

  • Published: 11 December 2018
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    Special thanks to Patreon supporters Alec M Watson, Andrew J Thom, Arkadiy Kulev, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harrison Wiener, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, Kyle, KyQuan Phong, Manoj Kasyap Govindaraju, MyNameIsKir, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, and Tim Robinson

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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 • 3 468

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   11 months 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  2 days back

      @TMB true. nobody cares about you ignorant pleb

    • TMB
      TMB  2 days back

      @Shravan Vallaban nobody cares

    • Isaac Lao
      Isaac Lao  1 months back

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

  • Tou
    Tou  6 hours 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  2 days 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  3 days back

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

        • Joshua 윤호 Han
          Joshua 윤호 Han  4 days 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  4 days back

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

            • BlackPastaa_
              BlackPastaa_  5 days back

              QFA7879 is now the longest

              • 777Outrigger
                777Outrigger  6 days 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 weeks back

                  Room for mid-air refuelling business ???

                  • James O'Garcia
                    James O'Garcia  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

                      • TheFokker03
                        TheFokker03  2 weeks back

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

                        • Dave Glo
                          Dave Glo  2 weeks 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  3 weeks 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  3 weeks back

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

                              • Tim Clarke
                                Tim Clarke  3 weeks back

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

                                • Will Mac
                                  Will Mac  3 weeks 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  3 weeks back

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

                                    • Kick biker
                                      Kick biker  3 weeks back

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

                                      • ihsanadfinda
                                        ihsanadfinda  3 weeks 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  4 weeks back

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

                                          • Vlk Etto
                                            Vlk Etto  4 weeks back

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

                                            • George Brown
                                              George Brown  4 weeks back

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

                                              • Lewis Castro
                                                Lewis Castro  4 weeks back

                                                Here after Qantas JFK to SYD?

                                                • The musical man
                                                  The musical man  4 weeks back

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

                                                  • Lone Wolf
                                                    Lone Wolf  4 weeks back

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

                                                    • Mi canal TV
                                                      Mi canal TV  4 weeks back

                                                      A350-900ULR is making the longest flight in the world
                                                      Qantas: challenge accepted

                                                      • Not Bob
                                                        Not Bob  4 weeks back

                                                        Quantas is doing research using a 787 with 50 people for a Sydney to NYC flight.

                                                        • rmbt
                                                          rmbt  4 weeks back

                                                          Today is the first flight New York to Sydney over 20h by Quantas!

                                                          • lol
                                                            lol  4 weeks back

                                                            I used the fuel to fly the fuel

                                                            • sparkb
                                                              sparkb  1 months back

                                                              Can't wait for supersonic flights, flying takes way too much time now

                                                              • MsMimo07
                                                                MsMimo07  1 months back

                                                                Auckland - London please

                                                                • Johan F.
                                                                  Johan F.  1 months back

                                                                  we can make a long flight from Schiphol to Heathrow

                                                                  • Alexander Ip
                                                                    Alexander Ip  1 months back

                                                                    These flights are deleterious for the elderly due to cabin pressure(my grandparents last flight was in 2015 as he is due to reach the age of 90 by 2016)

                                                                    • Panteleimon Ponomarenko
                                                                      Panteleimon Ponomarenko  1 months back

                                                                      Perth is the most affluent city in Australia, meaning consumers typically will have more money to spend on a Qantas nonstop.

                                                                      • Channel LuckySpock - Left 4 Dead 2

                                                                        Dumies, if i had an Airplane company i would fly to both of the poles. seems that no one else is. Ild be a Billionaire.

                                                                        • Marc WU
                                                                          Marc WU  1 months back

                                                                          I love how this channel always lists the references unlike many other channels, they make up a lot of facts

                                                                          • LMLMD
                                                                            LMLMD  1 months back

                                                                            I can see a few more ultra-long routes coming online with the new ULR A350 series. Air France / Air Tahiti will definitely be interested in a Paris-Pepeete and Paris-Noumea run. There's three airlines all competing on Paris-Papeete now, including long-haul LCC FrenchBee, and there's a major convienience factor for passengers in avoiding the security and visa beureaucracy of the current fuel stops in LAX or SFO. If they could do be done non-stop, they could just be run as regular domestic flights.

                                                                            • Josh Starr
                                                                              Josh Starr  1 months back

                                                                              Next year: Nonstop Australia to Australia around the world
                                                                              People: Wow can't Walt
                                                                              Quantas: No luggage is allowed, we need more room for fuel.

                                                                              • P Clayton
                                                                                P Clayton  2 months back

                                                                                Doha to JFK. 19 hrs

                                                                                • Jackie Starr
                                                                                  Jackie Starr  2 months back

                                                                                  That's too long on a plane, that can put a person at high risk in having a pulmonary embolism condition that can be fatal.

                                                                                  • Jungkookiesdad
                                                                                    Jungkookiesdad  2 months back

                                                                                    Aviation free until 0:07

                                                                                    • Alex Callaghan
                                                                                      Alex Callaghan  2 months back

                                                                                      2:34 I swear wendover productions uses this clip in every plane video ever

                                                                                      • Jonistan
                                                                                        Jonistan  2 months back

                                                                                        4:20 climate change is real, can we do shit like that instead because less fuel burnt=less CO2 get the point

                                                                                        • vince verelst
                                                                                          vince verelst  2 months back

                                                                                          20 hour flight that sounds like hell i strugle with 8 hours flights

                                                                                          • Jackie Starr
                                                                                            Jackie Starr  2 months back

                                                                                            Airlines are more concern about economics than travelers health.

                                                                                        • 羅德夫
                                                                                          羅德夫  2 months back

                                                                                          People who take air planes have selfish reasons. They do not believe in global warming. No one believes that not taking air planes is more healthy. Better be poor to stay safe than rich and die in a plane crash.

                                                                                          • WinterHell
                                                                                            WinterHell  2 months back

                                                                                            I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but I flew nonstop from NYC (don’t recall whether JFK or Newark) to Singapore years ago, in the early 2000s.

                                                                                            • Mark O'Cain
                                                                                              Mark O'Cain  2 months back

                                                                                              LOL...As someone who's flown with Turkish, I can safely say they would not be a choice for a short-haul flight let alone a long one. hops