The world’s longest and shortest flights

Because you’re just apoplectic to find out how you can maximize your time on an airplane, right? We covered this a while back, but things keep changing: planes keep getting bigger, stronger, and faster, routes change based on demand and somehow, we keep increasing our tolerance for being locked up and pressurized like pringles in a can. Fortunately, the world’s many airline nerds have already done the technical legwork–we just had to fact check:

  • At present, the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight is Singapore Airlines SQ21 from Newark Liberty (EWR) to Singapore Changi International (SIN) clocking in at a whopping 18 hours 50 minutes! Thankfully, the huge all-business-class Airbus A340-500 and world-famous in-flight service makes the halfway-around-the-world jaunt from New Jersey quite bearable. (In that same time, you could drive from Newark to Kansas City.)
  • The world’s shortest regularly-scheduled, non-stop commercial flight is on Scotland’s Loganair, from the island of Westray (WRY) to Papa Westray (PSV) in the Orkney Islands, clocking in at a meager 2 minutes (so I’m guessing there’s no beverage service).There are plenty of other super short commercial flights all over the world, mostly inter-island and commuter connections. The Caribbean’s LIAT flight between the islands of St. Kitt’s (SKB) and Nevis (NEV) is scheduled at 15 minutes long but rarely takes more than 5 minutes from take-off to landing.

(Photo Flickr: William James Tychonievich)

Best Geek Vacations

Hats off to Wired Magazine for always looking out for their own.

The Best Geek Vacation Destinations is a short article in this month’s issue (July) that points the nerds amongst us towards holiday locations where they can really embrace their inner geek.

As you might suspect, there is not a single beach location amongst the lot. Instead, Wired gives the nod to places like the Sidi Driss Hotel in Matmata, Tunisia (above) which doubled as Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. Or, the editors suggest trying out Cern, Switzerland –- home to the 17-mile long Large Hadron Collider. And of course, what geek wouldn’t have Silicon Valley on their short list of exciting vacation destinations?

For a complete list of geek-friendly suggestions where not a single grain of sand will be kicked in your face, click here.

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