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  • AMcWhirter
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    Given that it had so much publicity many people I am sure consider that Qantas operates toe world’s longest flight.

    But according to today’s piece from Routesonline.com Qantas’ non-stop Perth-London service is just beaten by Qatar Airways’ Doha-Auckland flight.

    https://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/280641/what-are-the-longest-passenger-flights-in-the-world-/

    With the launch of SIA’s Singapore-New York route next month Qantas will be relegated to number three.

    Singapore Airlines’ first New York-bound Airbus A350-900ULR arrives


    Flightlevel
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    Nice to hold the record ‘though how many pax actually fly Doha-Auckland?
    Its a low capacity route with a high fuel load. QF can fly the A380 PER-LON with only 400 pax unprofitably no doubt?


    AlanOrton1
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    Er, QF do not fly A380 PER-LHR


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Even if QR were not to sell all accommodation (owing to weight limitations for this ULH flight) there are still plenty of seats to fill.

    http://theqatarsource.com/seatmaps/77l/42j217y.html


    EUFlyer
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    Its a low capacity route with a high fuel load. QF can fly the A380 PER-LON with only 400 pax unprofitably no doubt?

    Qantas operate the 787-9 on that flight. The A380 doesn’t have the range. They fly the A380 SYD-SIN-LHR where they feed passengers from Brisbane onto the SIN-LHR sector and vv rather than forcing those passengers to fly via Perth on the non stop from there.

    Even if QR were not to sell all accommodation (owing to weight limitations for this ULH flight) there are still plenty of seats to fill.

    As Alex McWirther says, QR are still putting plenty of capacity (a 777) onto that sector – perhaps to compete with Emirates who offer DXB-AKL on an A380. If QR didn’t do the non stop to AKL they’d have a hard time competing with the Gulf giant Emirates. Poor Etihad gave up years ago.


    Flightlevel
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    Can if they wished – perhaps could is more appropriate.
    Doubt they can fill even 400+ seats profitably non-stop!
    A380 has the range with less pax and more fuel (see Airbus website for performance data).
    Point being they wouldn’t fill the 400+ seats limitation profitably.
    95% average loads on a B787 are not near to the pax numbers for the reduced load A380.

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