Longest Commercial Flights – Of course, Subramaniam didn’t fly the aircraft for the entire 17 hours. The flight carried two flight crews: two captains, and two first officers. The second team was the “relief” set of pilots. Subramaniam piloted the aircraft for the first 3.5 hours or so, and then rested once the relief captain took over for another 3.5 hours.
Longest Commercial Flights – He says he actually got some dozing done once it was his break time. Near Taiwan, “I was quite tired, and I was ready to go to sleep,” he recalls. From there, he worked for another 4.5 hours, then took another 4.5 hour break, then piloted the plane for the landing.