The Longest Flight in the U.S. Just Launched — and It Lasts Over 11 Hours (Video)
Hawaiian Airlines has taken over a new record. The airline began its new service of the country’s longest nonstop domestic flight, from Honolulu to Boston, last week.
The record-breaking leg of the journey is westbound, from Boston to Honolulu. The 5,095-mile journey is scheduled to take 11 hours and 30 minutes. The outward flight from Honolulu is a bit shorter, but still lengthy, with a flight time of nine hours and 34 minutes.
Flights from the East Coast to Hawaii have unsurprisingly ranked as the longest domestic routes in the past. United Airlines offered a long-haul flight between Honolulu and New Jersey’s Newark airport that stretched 4,970 miles. Delta offered a route from Honolulu to Atlanta that clocked in at 4,490 miles long.
For those 10 or 11 hours, Hawaiian Airlines will operate the flight on an Airbus A330-200. The aircraft has 260 seats in economy, 68 in premium economy and 18 lie-flat seats in business class. Economy passengers may wish to consider the premium economy upgrade, as it will only cost an extra $145 per flight, according to the airline. If you’re doing the math, that’s $14 per hour of 36-inch seat pitch and priority boarding.
When the flight launched on April 5, the first passengers were greeted by Hawaiian dancers and offered leis upon boarding.
Hawaiian Airlines will operate the flight five times per week. The airline could increase operations to six times per week in the summer months.
“The greater Boston market currently brings some 60,000 visitors to the island each year, who will now be able to fly nonstop to Hawaii aboard an airline that exemplifies our gracious local hospitality,” Hawaii Tourism Authority President George Szigeti said in a statement.
The country with the longest nonstop flight in the world is technically France. Air Austral operates an 11-hour flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. The journey is approximately 5,809 miles long.