World Records for Flying Around the World

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FASTEST CIRCUMNAVIGATION BY SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

THE RULES

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)
  1. The time to be recorded is from when the wheels of the first plane leave the ground at the airport of departure to when the wheels touch the runway at the same airport at the end of the trip.
  2. Only flights which appear in published timetables may be used.


Michael
              Bartlett

Brother Michael Bartlett - the "Eccentric Globetrotter" broke several records for flying around the world by scheduled flights.

There are three similar categories


THE RECORDS (FAI RULES)

Time
Record Holder
Date
Route
65:58 hours
Gordon Banks (Australia)
18 -21 June 1973
Sydney - London - New York - Sydney
63:08 hours
M. David Shore and Roger N. A. Matheson (Canada)
30 November - 3 December 1977
Los Angeles - Amsterdam - Frankfurt - Bombay - Singapore - Sydney - Los Angeles
53:14 hours
Alex E. Prior and Terry Sloane (Australia)
10-12 March 1978
Sydney - Los Angeles - London - Bombay - Perth - Melbourne - Sydney
44:06 hours
David J. Springbett (Great Britain)
8-10 January 1980 Los Angeles - London - Bahrein - Singapore - Bangkok - Manila - Tokyo - Honolulu - Los Angeles
The record for a single airline is held by Brother Michael Bartlett who travelled around the world in 59:58 hours with Air New Zealand from 21 - 24 November 2006.

THE RECORDS (EXACT ANTIPODAL)

Time
Record Holder
Date
Route
95:44 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) March 1992
 London - Singapore - Auckland - Wellington - Ti Tree Point (the antipodal point to Madrid) - Wellington -  Auckland - Fiji - Honolulu - Vancouver - Edmonton - London - Madrid
87:40 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) 4-8 March 1993
London - Singapore - Auckland - Napier - Ti Tree Point (the antipodal point to Madrid) - Palmerston North - Auckland - Sydney - Los Angeles - London - Madrid - London
67:04 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) 10-13 June 1993
London - Tokyo - Auckland - Palmerston North - Ti Tree Point (the antipodal point to Madrid) - Palmerston North - Auckland - Los Angeles - London - Madrid - London
64:02 hours
David Sole (Great Britain)
2-5 May 1995
London - Madrid  -Singapore - Auckland - Napier - Ti Tree Point (the antipodal point to Madrid) - Los Angeles - London
62:15 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett and David J. Springbet (both Great Britain)
18-21 March 2000 London - Seoul - Auckland - Palmerston North - Ti Tree Point (the antipodal point to Madrid) - Palmerston North - Auckland - Los Angeles - Chicago - Madrid - London

THE RECORDS (APPROX. ANTIPODAL)

Time
Record Holder
Date
Route
76:03 hours
Alex Mair and Carrie Watt (both Great Britain)
15-18 July 1992
Madrid and Wellington were the antipodals.
68:28 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) 16-19 November 1992
London - Copenhagen - Beijing - Shanghai - Los Angeles - Miami - Buenos Aires - London
58:44 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) 13 - 16 February 1995 Zurich - Beijing - Shanghai - San Francisco - Miami - Buenos Aires - Zurich
57:27 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) 23 - 25 November 2016
Shanghai - Auckland - Buenos Aires - Frankfurt - Hong Kong - Shanghai

DOUBLE ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT ON SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

THE RECORDS

Time
Record Holder
Date
Route
215:31 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett (Great Britain) 13-21 October 2010
London Heathrow - Dubai - Bandar Seri Begawan - Brisbane - Bandar Seri Begawan - London Heathrow - Vancouver - Sydney - Brisbane - Sydney - Vancouver - London Heathrow

FASTEST JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD VIA SIX CONTINENTS

THE RULES

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)

This record is for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by scheduled transport via all the continents except Antarctica

  1. The attempt should start and finish at the same place (i.e. airport, railway station etc.).
  2. Any form of transport may be used provided it is part of a regular scheduled service according to a published timetable and is available to any member of the general public.
  3. Participants need to set foot on each particular continent before flying to the next.
  4. Orignal tickets for each leg of the journey should be kept and submitted with the record claim.
  5. A log book recording the time of arrival and departure (both local and in the country of departure) at each stop should be kept and countersigned by an official such as the captain or the chief cabin attendant.

THE RECORDS

Time
Record Holder
Date
Route
102:56 hours
Trey Urbahn (Canada)
November 1990
Chicago - San Juan - Caracas - London - Cairo - Singapore - Sydney - Los Angeles - Chicago
79:42 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett and David J. Springbet (both Great Britain) 23-26 October 1991
Miami - Caracas - Rome - Cairo - Dublin - Kuala Lumpur - Sydney - Los Angeles - Miami
70:44 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett and David J. Springbet (both Great Britain) October 1999
San Francisco - Dallas - Simón Bolívar International Airport (Venezuela) - London Gatwick -London Heathrow - Cairo - Singapore - Sydney - San Francisco
70:14 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett and David J. Springbet (both Great Britain) October 1999
Dallas - Simón Bolívar International Airport (Venezuela) - London Gatwick -London Heathrow - Cairo - Singapore - Sydney - San Francisco - Dallas
69:47 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett and David J. Springbet (both Great Britain) October 1999
Simón Bolívar International Airport (Venezuela) - London Gatwick -London Heathrow - Cairo - Singapore - Sydney - San Francisco - Dallas - Simón Bolívar International Airport
68:05 hours
Brother Michael Bartlett and David J. Springbet (both Great Britain) October 1999
London Gatwick -London Heathrow - Cairo - Singapore - Sydney - San Francisco - Dallas - Simón Bolívar International Airport - London Gatwick
(all four flights in October 1999 were part of a sequence of flights lasting 95:19 hours)
66:31 hours
Michael Quandt (Germany)
6-8 July 2004
Singapore - Sydney - Los Angeles - Houston - Caracas - London - Cairo - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
63:46 hours
Kirk Miller and John Burnham (both USA)
7-10 September 2016
Bangkok - Sydney - Los Angeles - Bogota - Madrid - Cairo - Bangkok




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