One of many many advantages of 21st-century media is that readers can heckle inside seconds of a narrative being printed on-line.

So it proved once I wrote a narrative a few new file for the world’s longest home flight: the Hawaiian Airways hyperlink from Boston to Honolulu.

Throughout the route’s first week of operation, two flights took 11 hours 36 minutes to cowl the 5,095 miles between the Massachusetts and Hawaiian state capitals, that means most passengers would have spent 12 hours on the airplane. (Travelling in the wrong way, the jet stream assisted a flight time of about 10 hours.)

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However my assertion that the Airbus A330 flight was an aviation superlative “unlikely to be damaged for a few years, if in any respect” lasted a few minute.

Neil Morrow was first to assert supremacy for France, citing the hyperlink from Paris to Réunion.

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With many others making the identical level, Rocco added: “What in regards to the 22-hour flight from Paris to Papeete [the capital of Tahiti]? Would that be thought-about home by the French? They are going to be voting for his or her MEP quickly.”

They’re referring to the “DomToms” – départements d’outre-mer and territoires d’outre mer – that are politically a part of France.

So we have to discuss why I imagine hyperlinks between “metropolitan” France and far-flung classes don’t rely as home flights.

First, permit me to despatch the Tahiti companies. Air France, Air Tahiti Nui and French Bee all fly from Paris to Papeete. However they refuel in California (the primary two in Los Angeles, the final in San Francisco) so I regard them as a pair of worldwide flights fairly than a single home journey.

Subsequent, what in regards to the continuous flights to the Indian Ocean “Dom” of Réunion?

Lee Novakovic asserts: “Réunion is of equal standing to any division in Metropolitan France. Each bit a bit of France as Hawaii is a part of the US, simply additional away.”

If I have been to permit this, then France would take not simply the primary place however second and third too: 

3 – Marseilles-Réunion, 5,456 miles.

2 – Paris Orly-Réunion, 5,802 miles.

1 – Paris CDG-Réunion, 5,809 miles.

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However I don’t rely these as home flights. Not as a result of essentially the most direct route from Paris to Réunion crosses the territory of Switzerland, Italy, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia – many inner flights use different international locations’ airspace, corresponding to Boston-Seattle over Canada and Zagreb-Dubrovnik, which spends nearly all its flight over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

I rule out French abroad departments as a result of they’re outdoors the Schengen space (as is the UK) whereas metropolitan France is inside. And, to cite a traveller who returned to France from Réunion final weekend: “Passport and customs each methods, similar to going to the States.” That doesn’t occur between the mainland US and Hawaii. (By the way, I’d additionally class hyperlinks between the UK and the Channel Islands as non-domestic, as a result of there’s a customs examine coming again.)

On the different finish of the argument, Stefan Paetow objects to my classifying the Hawaiian Airways flight as a home service, due to the time it spends over the Pacific – nearly half the journey. In response to ICAO, the UN regulation of aviation, worldwide airspace begins 12 nautical miles (14 in the Imperial measure) from the US shore.

“Sorry Simon, however technically you ‘go away’ the nation, enter worldwide airspace, then cross one other nation’s airspace earlier than you re-enter the nation,” he writes.

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“Present me the longest by no means leaving home airspace, then we speak.”

The longest flight inside Russia is 4,203 miles from Petropavlovsk on the southern finish of the Kamchatka Peninsula to Moscow. But when worldwide waters are to not be counted, then it should be excluded. It flies over a patch of the Sea of Okhotsk and (relying on the prevailing winds) a sliver of Arctic Ocean.

Yuzhno Sakhalinsk (on Sakhalin Island north of Japan) to Moscow is excluded for a similar motive.

Nicholas Gilroy nominates Vladivostok to Moscow because the longest home flights that continues to be over nationwide territory – and, having made the journey, I concur.

Probably the most direct route from the Russian Far East metropolis would cross into Chinese language airspace inside minutes of take off, and would fly over the Individuals’s Republic for over an hour. However as a substitute Aeroflot initially follows the route of the world’s longest railway, the Trans-Siberian, which additionally occurs to run from Vladivostok to Moscow.

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The thrice-daily flight spends the primary half-hour of the journey flying north-north-east (getting additional away from the Russian capital, as a dog-leg to keep away from Chinese language airspace). The official distance is 3,986 miles, however the actuality is tons of of miles longer – with a median flight time of eight-and-a-half hours on the Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s used for the hyperlink.

To spherical off the dialogue: yet one more class which will carry but extra heckles. Longest home flight utilizing a narrow-bodied plane? I declare victory for Ural Airways flight 366 – from Vladivostok by way of the Siberian cities of Irkutsk and Yekaterinburg to St Petersburg.

You depart onboard an Airbus A320 at 10.55am, arriving 4 hours later at Irkutsk, the place some fortunate passengers get off and the airplane refuels for the following four-hour hop to Yekaterinburg, the final metropolis earlier than the Urals. Yet one more large leap, taking three hours, and you might be in St Petersburg. The general journey time: 14 hours 20 minutes, far longer than the scheduled period of the Boston-Honolulu journey that began this dialogue.