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  1. Talon (@1Dad1Kid)
    January 16, 2011

    I really like LAN! Flew them several times when I went to Peru. Good to know there’s a direct route from LIM now and to Tahiti!

    • Chris
      January 27, 2011

      @Talon I’m a LAN fan now too. I want to get one of their South America passes and jet all around.

  2. Gray
    January 16, 2011

    Longest flights I’ve ever had were to Europe. I don’t think I could handle a non-stop flight much longer than that. I keep telling myself that if and when I go to Hawaii, I’m going to fly to a West Coast city, stay overnight and continue on the next day, because I think I’d go stir-crazy on a plane for 14 hours.

    • Chris
      January 16, 2011

      @Gray – My husband and I took an 18 hour flight between JFK and Bangkok for our honeymoon – now that was long!

  3. Camels & Chocolate
    January 16, 2011

    Maldives when I lived in NYC! I was covering a resort opening for Newsweek, and I had to travel NYC to SF, SF to Hong Kong, HK to Singapore, Singapore to Male, Male to the northernmost atoll, then a speedboat to the island. In all, it took over 30 hours!

  4. SaraJane
    January 22, 2011

    Chris – Great post! Now I totally want to go to Easter Island!

    Keep up the good work!

    My longest flight was Dubai back to the US when that stupid volcano errupted. At least I didn’t get stuck in London! The 2 year old kid who didn’t speak any English made it even longer, especially after his father fell asleep! Oh well, I lived!

  5. Andi
    January 23, 2011

    One of my most favorite trips I’ve EVER taken!!!

    • Don
      January 23, 2011

      @Andi, I think I agree with you! So fascinating.

      (For readers who want more on Easter Island, Andi has been posting there about her trip – her blog is http://www.mybeautifuladventures.com)

  6. Lisa E @chickybus
    January 23, 2011

    I would love to check out Easter Island, but I’m not sure when I’ll be in that part of the world. Glad it’s easier now. Just wondering…what would you estimate the total cost of the flight + several days to be? I might be comparing it to Mt. Nemrut in Turkey in an upcoming post and was wondering.

    Meanwhile, re: the longest flight…. I went to South Africa a while back and had to go to Frankfurt first and then somewhere else (can’t recall) before actually landing in Cape Town. I think it was about 20 or so hours of flying time. With layovers, it was about 32 hours! I got lucky, though, and got bumped to business class for part of it! Anyway, I sort of like really long flights. I think the reason is that it means I’m going somewhere cool! :)

    • Chris
      January 23, 2011

      @Lisa LAN has had some specials to Easter Island from JFK for as low as $899. That was in the summer, though, so not peak season. A flight in March from JFK, according to Kayak, is about $1,200.

  7. Mike’s Road Trip
    January 31, 2011

    This is on the “bucket list,” would be so cool to go there one day. Great post. Thanks!


  8. Uncle Jer
    February 1, 2011

    Longest flight was from Bangkok to Phoenix. Bangkok to Taipei 3.5 hrs with a 2 hr layover. The leg from Taipei to LAX is 14 hours but EVERGREEN AIRLINES treats passengers like royalty. Three hours in LAX were not enough for UNITED to get us checked-in in time for our flight to Phoenix so we had to lay out an extra $250 to SOUTHWEST and wait 2.5 more hours for a 90 min flight home. United made no attempt at reimbursing us. I’d gladly do it again to see Thailand but nothing will get me back on a UNITED flight.

  9. Claire Walter
    February 12, 2011

    When my husband and visited Easter Island several years ago, we stopped for a while at what might be the only school in Hanga Roa, which is definitely the island’s only city. As we watched youngsters playong soccer in the schoolyard, my husband remarked, “Away games must be a bitch.” — claire @ http://www.travel-babel.com.

  10. Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures
    March 4, 2011

    Great to know thanks! I’d love to go to Easter Island!

    Longest day of travel I’ve had is flying from Las Vegas to Bangkok (via San Francisco and Tokyo). Flying time was 18 hours but with layovers, it was closer to 25 hours!

    Longest non-stop flight I’ve had is JFK to Seoul, which is 14 hours! Actually kind of flew by, even in economy (helps to fly an Asian carrier whose service is FAR better than any domestic US carriers!)

    • Chris
      March 5, 2011

      @Aaron – I agree with you on international carriers. For our endless flight between JFK and Bangkok, we were on Thai Air in premium economy.We were given business class service, it seemed .Wish US carriers would take some lessons.

  11. Bluegreen Kirk
    March 9, 2011

    Im not a fan of long flights and anything over 6-8 hours I just get exhausted if I cant sleep. Though I must admitted straight through flights are always welcomed. Easter Island looks fabolous

  12. Mark
    June 26, 2011

    The LIM flights are a welcome addition! Particularly to those using a oneworld RTW where you get the 4 LA coupons included.

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