“The Economist’s” business travel blog, Gulliver, posted this video entry yesterday on fuel dumping. In this instance, fuel dumping isn’t what the F-111 pictured above is doing; it’s the practice of booking extra legs on a trip, which you don’t plan on taking, to trick airline-booking systems into offering you a much lower fare.
The longest commercial flights in the world — Singapore Airlines’ flights 21 and 22, running between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey — are slated for cancellation The Economist’s Gulliver blog reports. The flights traverse 9,525 miles in about 19 hours.
Qantas’s 8,576-mile route between Sydney and Dallas now has the top honor, according to USA Today, with Delta’s Atlanta to Johannesburg flight (8,434 miles) a close third.
Singapore Airlines cancelled the flights as part of a deal with AirBus, the Economist writes, in which “Singapore will get five new A380s and 20 new A350s, and the manufacturer will buy back the A340-500s that the airline uses on its super-long-haul routes.”