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Nov 8, 2012


A faded image of a Vickers VC-10, part of an earlier RTW service

But for the 33 kilometres gap between New York’s JFK airport and Newark, which is often used for NYC flights, Singapore Airlines will continue to offer an around-the-world-flight by a single airline after Air New Zealand quits its flights between Auckland and London via Hong Kong but retains its services via Los Angeles.

When Air New Zealand hands over the Hong Kong-London leg to Cathay Pacific early in March, Singapore Airlines will still be flying the world’s longest non-stop flight to Newark (for NYC) from Singapore on an all business class A345, and an A380 service via Frankfurt to JFK.

However Singapore Airlines has announced it will end the Newark service in the third quarter of next year, and coincidentally make the Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth service flown by Qantas the world’s longest scheduled jet airliner service using a 747-400ER, although for the pedantically inclined, the Qantas flight to American Airlines major hub at DFW is only non-stop one way, going there.

The gap beteween Newark and JFK on the SQ almost-around-the-world route

Coming back you land at least once, and sometimes twice, and for most travellers flying back from their US starting point, including DFW, it may well be faster to do so via LAX, and especially if your destination is Melbourne.

Qantas at various times in the 707 era had up to three around-the-world routes, all to and from London, one via Asia and the Middle East, one via the Southern Cross route to San Francisco and New York (when JFK was Idlewild) and another, later itinerary flown by the Fiesta route, via Papeete, Acapulco, Mexico City, Nassau and the Bahamas.

From memory, it was also possible to fly around-the-world to London from Sydney or Melbourne on B.O.A.C Vickers VC-10s, in the mid to late 60s if not into the early 70s, with the very graceful looking ‘hot rod’ British jet stopping at Nadi and Honolulu on its way to San Francisco and on to London, as well as its services via Hong Kong or Singapore and points further west.

Which is the excuse for using the image of the VC 10 at the top of the page.


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