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  • So here's the question: how fast can you circumnavigate the world on regularly scheduled,

  • commercial flights?

  • And before you you try to convince an airline to start a flight around the North Pole, which

  • technically would cross every line of longitude, there are some rules, and they're not even

  • my rules.

  • The good news is that I get to flex my French because these are the rules of the Fédération

  • ronautique Internationale.

  • The bad news is that to set a record you need to fly 22,750 milesthe length of the tropic

  • of cancer.

  • That number may seem rather arbitrarily set, but as the governing body of all aviation

  • competitions, the FAI gets to decide the rules, but those are really the only rules.

  • As long as you start and finish in the same place, travel that distance, and take only

  • commercial airlines, you can set this record.

  • So, strategy.

  • You're not going to want to go this wayat all.

  • You see, between here and here the winds blow strongly to the east while between here and

  • here they blow slightly less strongly to the west, and then that mirrors in the southern

  • hemisphere.

  • So, you could fly all between the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn, that is, if you don't

  • want to break a record.

  • You see, not only are these easterly winds weaker than the westerly winds further north

  • and south, there's also just not much aviation in this area of the world.

  • More than half of the world's population lives north of the Tropic of Cancer which means

  • that, by sticking in this area, you get more flights flying faster.

  • But the biggest difficulty is scheduling.

  • You see, flight schedules are just arranged in a way that can make it really difficult

  • to find short connections.

  • For example, nearly all of the flights from North America to Europe leave in the evening.

  • If you factor in time change, these flights generally take 6 hours plus 5 or 6 hours of

  • time change from the east coast which means that you either have to leave in the early

  • morning or evening in order to arrive during the day in Europe.

  • Out of the hundreds of daily flights crossing the Atlantic, only 9 leave in the morning.

  • They generally leave between 8 and 11 am eastern then the evening departures leave between

  • 5 and 11 pm.

  • That means there are only really eight hours per day when you can catch a transatlantic

  • flight.

  • If you want to connect on the US east coast, all your flights need to be arranged to get

  • you there in one of those eight hours.

  • But enough beating around the bush, here's the record to beat held by David Springbett—a

  • former insurance broker from the UK.

  • He flew from Los Angeles to London to Bahrein to Singapore, to Bangkok, to Manila, to Tokyo,

  • to Honolulu, to Los Angeles in 44 hours and 6 minutes, but spoiler alertyou're not

  • going to beat his record, because he did it in 1980 so he could use thisthe Concorde.

  • The Concorde was known for shuttling passengers from London and Paris to New York in three

  • hours, but it did have a short-lived route between London and Singapore via Bahrain in

  • 1979 and 80.

  • That meant David Springbett was able to fly this section of his trip in 8 hours and 40

  • minutes instead of the 13 hours it takes today non-stop.

  • So what's the fastest you can fly around the world today?

  • Well, perhaps 53 hours and 14 minutes.

  • This record was set on all subsonic flights by two Australians who flew from Sydney to

  • Los Angeles to London to Bombay to Perth to Melbourne to Sydney, but, I have a better

  • suggestion.

  • Let's say you start the very day this video comes outOctober 19th, 2017.

  • You leave London Heathrow on the 11:25 AM Singapore Airlines Flight to Singapore arriving

  • at 7:30 AM the next morning, then just under two hours later you catch the 9:25 Singapore

  • Airlines flight to San Francisco.

  • Even though the flight is 15 hours, thanks to the International Date Line you arrive

  • just 15 minutes later at 9:40 AM, still on Friday, then you catch the 10:40 United flight

  • to Houston, connect to the 5:50 pm United flight to Mexico City, then get dragged off

  • at 8:05 with just enough time to hop onto the 9:40 PM British Airways flight to London.

  • If all goes well, that gets you back in London after having traveled 23,131 milesmore

  • than the required distanceat 2:10 PM on Saturday—50 hours and 45 minutes after you

  • left, beating the current record.

  • But there's probably a better itinerary than that, but I couldn't find it, so, since

  • I'm such a fan of free labor, you should go and find it, submit it to halfasinteresting.com/flight

  • and then, in a week, whoever has the shortest time will get a free t-shirt and year-long

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How Fast Can You Circumnavigate the World on Commercial Flights?

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