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Fri May 13, 2022, 07:11 PM

 

Willing to Endure the World's Longest Flight for $12,000? Qantas Is Banking On It

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/willing-to-endure-the-world-s-longest-flight-for-12-000-qantas-is-banking-on-it-1.1765214

Bloomberg) -- Wanted: Hundreds of people to sit in a plane for 20 hours. Must be willing to pay lots of money. Claustrophobes needn’t apply.

Conceived prior to the Covid crisis, Qantas Airways Ltd.’s plan to operate the world’s longest nonstop commercial flights from southeast Australia to New York and London is being resurrected in a much-changed aviation landscape, with global carriers reeling from the pandemic and people wary about travel.

Qantas, which lost over A$22 billion ($15 billion) in revenue due to virus-related border curbs, is banking on passengers being willing to pay a premium to avoid layovers and get gargantuan journeys over and done with in one go.

But some regular fliers are balking at potentially paying 30% extra for a direct flight compared with a two-leg journey. While fares may differ by the time the flights start, a return nonstop Sydney-New York business class ticket could cost more than A$18,000 -- enough to buy a new compact car -- based on October flights listed on Kayak for the same route with a stop in Los Angeles.

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No problem in business class, but in economy? Ouch…

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Reply Willing to Endure the World's Longest Flight for $12,000? Qantas Is Banking On It (Original post)
Dial H For Hero May 2022 OP
dalton99a May 2022 #1
Dial H For Hero May 2022 #3
Demovictory9 May 2022 #8
spooky3 May 2022 #2
roamer65 May 2022 #4
ProfessorGAC May 2022 #5
roamer65 May 2022 #6
ProfessorGAC May 2022 #9
roamer65 May 2022 #10
ProfessorGAC May 2022 #13
Hekate May 2022 #7
tblue37 May 2022 #11
ProfessorGAC May 2022 #12

Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 07:31 PM

1. Yeah, increase people's chances for blood clots

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Fri May 13, 2022, 08:12 PM

3. The longest flight I ever took was Atlanta to Johannesburg nonstop.

 

16 hours or so in the middle middle seat.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #3)

Sat May 14, 2022, 03:47 AM

8. torture. My flight to Rwanda: LAX to Chicago to Amsterdam to Uganda(?) to Rwanda

longest leg was about 8 hours. It was still torture.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 07:41 PM

2. I feel for the pilots and attendants. Nt

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 08:27 PM

4. My longest was Melbourne to Los Angeles.

16 hours.

I slept most of it.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #4)

Fri May 13, 2022, 08:31 PM

5. Did That Once

Sydney though, not Melbourne.
My 2nd visit was as far as Honolulu. 2 or so hour layover, then home to Chicago.
I should have burned some FF miles & flown my wife in for a long weemend, but i think i was just anxious to get home.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #5)

Fri May 13, 2022, 08:33 PM

6. I loved Australia.

Took me 1 year to shake the idea of moving there.

I flew in through Sydney and left from Melbourne.

But, sometimes you do just want to get home.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #6)

Sat May 14, 2022, 02:48 PM

9. Me, Too

However, I got the sense that they loved Americans as long as they knew I was going home! LOL! Same with Japan.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #9)

Sat May 14, 2022, 02:50 PM

10. The older Australians were fonder of me.

They remembered the UK walked out on them in WW2 and we stepped in to defend them.

It was mentioned to me a few times, in particular a taxi driver.

One lady on the train from Sydney to Melbourne said there is no way u are American, you must be Canadian…you’re too nice.

Gave her my 9/11 ribbon I was wearing…my trip was about two weeks after 9/11.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #10)

Sat May 14, 2022, 02:54 PM

13. I Can See That

I was working with folks who worked for an American multinational, and I don't recall working with anybody older than me.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:25 PM

7. Sitting in economy that long is an invitation to deep vein thrombosis

No, thank you

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 02:50 PM

11. How many will end up suffering deep vein thrombosis?

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 02:52 PM

12. Is That Actually That Expensive?

Seems to me that a biz class tickets were around $7,000 and the last time I went to Australia was 10-12 years ago. (I burned FF miles to upgrade to 1st both times I went.)
Maybe I'm remembering the ticket price wrong.

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