Hawaiian Airlines already operates the longest U.S. domestic flight, a long-haul from New York JFK to Honolulu that has a block time or 10 hours and 55 minutes. This barely beats United’s nonstop from Newark to the Hawaiian capital, which clocks in at 5 fewer minutes and 21 fewer miles than the 4,983-mile current record (in great circle distance).
Now Hawaiian Airlines is planning to launch the *new* longest domestic flight. With not much else beyond New York that is still left within the U.S., you can probably already guess the destination: Boston.
Hawaii? Or Tel Aviv?
It amazes me how far Hawaii is from the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. Living on the West Coast, it never occurred to me how long of a haul it is to visit America’s piece of paradise. When I first noticed that westbound flights from New York to Honolulu clock in at almost 11 hours, it blew my mind. Add an hour, and you can fly from the West Coast to multiple destination in Asia. All of western Europe is within that range as well.
Flying to Hawaii from Boston is pretty comparable to flying the El Al nonstop to Tel Aviv. Israel may be a few miles longer, but if both planes took off at the same time, the flight to Tel Aviv would win. This flight puts into perspective just how large the U.S. is. Or perhaps how small the world has become.
Interested in flying to Hawaii from Boston? Flights start April 2019!
Featured image courtesy of Dylan Ashe under CC 2.0 license.
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