Hawaiian Airlines launch flights from Honolulu to Boston.
Much fanfare is associated with the world’s longest flight, the record-holding airline showered with praise and curiosity as passengers marvel at the brilliance of human imagination.
But what of the longest flight between two locations in the same nation? Sure, the routes don’t stretch the potential of modern-day aviation but for us Britons, for whom a domestic flight means an hour’s hop from London to Edinburgh, the idea of spending more than a few hours in the air and remaining in the country is bewildering.
Enter Hawaiian Airlines. The tropical carrier last week launched a mammoth 5,095 mile route, taking off and landing on American soil. The direct service to Boston, Flight 89, takes around nine hours on the way out and closer to 11 back, due to the prevailing wind.
The service trumps other routes from Hawaii, in the Pacific, to the east coast, being about 160km longer than the flight to New York’s JFK.
Thankfully for passengers, Hawaiian Airlines, being based in the middle of the ocean, flies the above routes on wide-bodied, long-haul aircraft, like the Airbus A330, with configurations for first and economy seats. Rather than your typical domestic aircraft found in the UK.
The Honolulu to Boston is not, however, the world’s longest domestic route. That title goes to an Air Austral service between Paris and French overseas department, Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
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