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Richard asked in TravelAir Travel · 2 months ago

Why would flying from Sydney, Australia be a shorter distance going to London, than Sydney to Houston, Texas, USA?

It would be a no-brainer that England is closer to Australia than America is.  Or does the airline fly across the Pacific Ocean, to the right, rather than flying towards the Atlantic,which is to the left?

Update:

Can we also say that possibly, there is normally a layover?

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  • John F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Sydney to Houston is far shorter than Sydney to London. There are already non-stop flights between Dallas and Sydney that are about 16 hours. Houston to Sydney would be very similar.

      A London to Sydney non-stop would be close to 20 hours. Qantas ran a test flight a few months back, but it was with a very light passenger load.

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  • Rico
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Sydney to London flights travel west, over Asia. Sydney to Houston flights travel east over the pacific. Your 'additional info makes no sense'

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  • 1 month ago

    Instead of theorising about what 'would be a no-brainer', why not look at a map, or better still a globe?

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  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Distance between two points on the Earth are measured using the Great Circle Distance.   Which is the Shortest route between two points on the ROUND Earth.

    Airlines can not follow the Great Circle exactly when flying over Europe and the Middle East because of all the Wars going on.

    Having said that I will give you the Great Circle Distance Between Sydney Australia and London England:  10,573 Miles

    Great Circle Distance between Sydney Australia and LAX: 7,488 Miles

    Syd to New York City: 9550 Miles   Sydney to the United States is over the Pacific Ocean

    Sydney to London is over Asia and Europe.

    London is a lot further.

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  • alan P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    England is far closer to Houston than Sydney.  I just went from UK to Sydney is two legs totaling about 21 hours flying time.  Houston is around half this distance.

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  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The distance from Sydney to Houston is shorter than that from Sydney to London.  Qantas even has a non-stop Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth flight.  Qantas chose to fly to Dallas because Dallas is a hub for American Airlines, its partner in the Oneworld Alliance, so that the passengers can easily connect to an American flight anywhere in the US, Caribbean and South America. 

    There are currently no passenger commercial aircraft that can fly Sydney to London non-stop.  All Qantas flights from Sydney to London make a technical stop either in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. 

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