United's New Flight: 18 Hours, Nonstop
Route from LA to Singapore would be world's longest nonstop from US
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2017 10:04 AM CDT
Flying the friendly skies, for 18 hours a pop.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(Newser) – The appeal of the nonstop flight is a great one, and United Airlines has just come up with the most extreme one of all for travelers in the US: an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, Fortune reports. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take the full 18 hours heading west and 15 hours heading back to the States, making it the longest nonstop flight to or from the US. United already holds the current record for a US carrier—a 8,446-mile flight to Singapore out of San Francisco, per a press release—while Aussie airline Qantas tops that with a 8,576-mile route from Sydney to Dallas, per USA Today. (Qatar Airlines currently flies the world's longest route: 9,032 miles from New Zealand to Qatar.)

The new United flight, which needs final approval by regulators, would also set a record for the longest regularly scheduled route on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Because of the drastic time difference created when crossing over the international date line in between the two countries, commuters heading toward Singapore will arrive there on paper two days later, while those heading east toward the US will actually feel like time-travelers: They'll take off from Singapore at 11am and "go back in time" to touch down in LA at 10:15am the same day. (United is probably better off sticking to the flight business instead of tweeting about chicken nuggets.)

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