My friends were asking me where some of them were located and it was then that I realized how really fortunate I’d been. I was a very good Geography student in High School in Jamaica and really enjoyed looking on a map and seeing where places were located. It was very funny when The Marshall Islands came up and I told one of my friends that I’d visited that country and even met its President whom was on my flight at the time.
It was a chance encounter. You see he was sitting in our (myself and two travel companions) seats when we got back from the toilet and we asked him to move and started chatting with him. None of the three of us knew whom he was, but we wondered why people on the plane was staring at us. We were having a very casual conversation with him as if we’d known him for eons. So much so that he invited us to his island, Kwajalein, the next stop on the famous Island Hopper in the Pacific; you either have to live there or work there to get off the plane, so this was a big deal.
Once in Kwajalein, he told the flight attendant to get us off the plane so we could see his island. We only got as far as the ticket counter as we were continuing to Guam on the same flight. But it was cool as had we not met him, we could not have set foot off on the island. It’s a little different now as you do get off the plane there, but you have to stay in the transit area and you cannot take photos. But I digress.
Do you now where these Olympic participating countries are located?
How many have you visited? Please leave a comment below and share with your friends.
Here is the list indicating which ones I’ve visited.
Top 17 World's Longest Commercial Flights by Distance Flown
Rank Airline Block Time From To Equipment Distance
1 Qatar (QR) 16:20 DOH AKL 77L 9,043M/14,554KM
2 Qantas (QF) 18:20 PER LHR 789 9,025M/14,524KM
3 United (UA) 17:55 LAX SIN 789 8,771M/14,116KM
4 Emirates (EK) 17:20 AKL DXB 77L 8,834M/14,216KM
5 United Airlines (UA) 17:30 IAH SYD 789 8,596M/13,834KM
6 Qantas (QF) 16:55 DFW SYD 380 8,590M/13,824KM
7 SIngapore Airlines (SQ) 16:20 SFO SIN 359 8,446M/13,594KM
8 United Airlines (SQ) 16:20 SFO SIN 789 8,446M/13,594KM
9 Delta Air Lines (DL) 16:57 ATL JNB 77L 8,439M/13,581KM
10 Etihad (EY) 16:40 LAX AUH 77L 8,387M/13,498KM
11 Emirates (EK) 16:20 LAX DXB 380 8,336M/13,415KM
12 Saudi Arabia (SV) 16:40 LAX JED 77W 8,329M/13,405KM
13 Qatar (QR) 16:25 LAX DOH 77L 8,303M/13,362KM
14 Emirates (EK) 16:40 IAH DXB 380/77W 8,165M/13,140KM
15 Cathay Pacific (CX) 16:50 HKG IAD 351 8,154M/13,123KM
16 American Airlines (AA) 17:05 DFW HKG 77W 8,120M/13,068KM
17 Emirates (EK) 16:45 DXB SFO 380/77W 8,099M/13,034KM
Have a great Olympics and good luck to your country as the games progresses.