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Sultan Ismail
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bali H'ai
Posts: 407
Long Haul and Long Way

May 1981

I arrived at Heathrow to see my SAA 747 Non-stop London to Cape Town flight climbing into a bright blue evening sky.

On a full fare ticket British Airways were able to book me on a flight leaving 2 hours later, so first leg London to Nairobi, second leg Nairobi to Johannesburg, in a 747.

In Johannesburg SAA put me on the "stop at all stations" to Cape Town. That's when the fun started, Johannesburg - Bloemfontein - Kimberley - East London - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town

12 hours late getting home, 23 hours on an aeroplane.

But that was not the longest flight

January 1997

Brisbane - Sydney - Bangkok - London on a British Airways 747, sitting in the same seat for 25 hours.
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