The New Longest Flight in the World Clocks in at 20 Hours Long

Qantas is debuting the new route in 2025.

Photo courtesy of Qantas
Photo courtesy of Qantas
Photo courtesy of Qantas

Move over, Singapore Airlines-there’s a new champion in the World’s Longest Flight airline division.

Australian carrier Qantas is launching a new route in late 2025 and, as The Points Guy reports, it will become the world’s longest nonstop one with a solid 20 hours of flight time. Departing from Australia’s Sydney Airport and landing in London’s Heathrow Airport in the UK, the ultra long-haul route will cover 10,576 miles aboard an Airbus 350-1000 jet.

Before Qantas came in to steal the show, the title of world’s longest flight proudly belonged to Singapore Airlines. Since 2021, the carrier has worn the crown thanks to its direct flight connecting Singapore’s Changi Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Big Apple and stretching over 9,532 miles.

However, Qantas was pursuing these plans well before then. The project, dubbed Project Sunrise, dates back to 2017, when the airline officially started working on the long-haul route. According to the BBC, the project was then delayed due to the pandemic, and it only now is reaching completion.

On such a long flight you might want to plan ahead and come prepared to actively pass the time. If you’ve flown long-distance before, you know there’s only a limited number of movies you can watch before your eyes start hurting, so it is good practice to consider other ways to entertain yourself.

You might, for example, want to try and check out the world’s longest audiobook. According to the official Guinness World Records¬†Twitter¬†account, the current holder of the title is an audiobook that is 146,444 minutes and 52 seconds long (roughly 2,441 hours), titled “Shree Haricharitramrut Sagar.” To be fair, in order for you to finish the audiobook, you’d have to take this flight about 122 times. Some classics, though, are much shorter. You can, for example, listen to the narrated version of “Middlemarch” by George Eliot, one of the versions of which runs for 31 hours and 33 minutes, which will even cover part of your return flight.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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