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New JFK-HKG Route

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Date: Sep 27, 2000

Just when you thought duty days couldn't get any longer...comes an announcement today that gives a little understanding to passengers who yell, "Gimmee my Upgrade!"

Starting April 1, 2001, United Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). At 7,339 nautical miles, this flight will be the longest nonstop passenger flight in the world.

It will be flown by long-range Boeing 747-400 (Thank the stars above it's not that 777!), configured with 14 seats in First Class, 84 seats in United Business, and 270 seats in United Economy.

  • Flight 821 will depart JFK daily at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 2:10 p.m. the following day.
  • The return Flight 820 will depart Hong Kong at 5:05 p.m. and arrive in New York City at 8:35 p.m. that evening.

The planned flying time will be 15 hours and 40 minutes.

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