Media reports recently said that Turkish Airlines is planning to operate the longest commercial flight in the world. This will be the airline’s first nonstop commercial flight to be operated anywhere in the world.
Media reports quoted a travel magazine Air Transport World as saying that the new route would be launched from Istanbul to Sydney, and would be spanning 8,076 nautical miles or 14,956 kilometers.
According to reports, the airline initially plans to operate the service with a stopover in Asia, but expects to offer nonstop Turkish Airlines flights between the two destinations within three years. The airline expects to operate flights on the new Istanbul-Sydney route with the help of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The launch of the new Istanbul-Sydney route will offer seamless connectivity to European travelers making most European cities highly accessible and short distance.
Earlier, Australia’s flag carrier Qantas Airways was hoping to become the first airline in the world to operate longest nonstop flight between the two cities. However, the plan of Qantas Airways seems to have been upstaged by Turkish Airlines with the announcement of the new route.