How To Break The World Record For Flight Circumnavigation

The world’s fastest circumnavigation by scheduled flights through approx. antipodal points record stands at 55 hours and 47 mins. That is an impressive record and one that is by no means easy to beat. It is currently held by Portugal’s Gil Azevedo, who took the record from the long-time holder of 25 years, Brother Michael Bartlett of Britain. That should give you an idea of how hard this record is to beat but here at Resfeber Travel Blog, we believe we have found a way.

Using our experience of compiling round the world flight itineraries, we have come up with the following route, which in theory, is able to complete the full circumnavigation and qualify for the Guinness Book of Records, with a time of…

World Record Time: 53 Hours & 10 Minutes

Round The World Record

Beginning the record attempt in Shanghai, you’d fly to Auckland where there is a 2 hour connection time. This is likely to be enough time to meet the connection on to the antipodean point, which is Buenos Aires. Don’t forget that when you fly from Auckland to Buenos Aires that you cross the date line, so it may look on the schedule above, that you arrive before you leave but that is correct.

Note: For the record to be valid, the flyer must stop in antipoean points on the map. This means that the record is a valid circumnavigation of the globe and not just passing through every tropic. Other examples of valid cities for antipodean points would be: Madrid and Wellington, Bangkok and Lima or perhaps Perth in West Australia and Bermuda.

Gil Azevedo Round The World Record Holder
Credit: Gil Azevedo & Guinness Book of Records

The real challenge in our suggested route comes in Buenos Aires, where there is only a 55 minute connection. This short a connection would never normally be advised to a regular passenger. We have checked a few recent examples of this connection and found that it is a risk. For example on:

6th Jan – NZ arrived 3.55pm and KLM left at 4.50pm – possible
7th Jan – NZ arrived 4.36pm and KLM left at 4.58pm – highly unlikely
8th Jan – NZ arrived 7.08pm and KLM left at 4.46pm – impossible
10th Jan – NZ arrived 3.53pm and KLM left at 5.06pm – possible
13th Jan – NZ arrived 3.48pm and KLM left at 4.59pm – possible
14th Jan – NZ arrived 7.48pm and KLM left at 4.52pm – impossible
15th Jan – NZ arrived 4.32pm and KLM left at 4.37pm – impossible
17th Jan – NZ arrived 3.38pm and KLM left at 4.46pm – possible

That’s a success rate of 50% or so but to make a record that is extremely hard to beat, an element of risk is necessary. It would also be recommended to speak with each of the airlines representatives officially, to ensure a speedy check-in process is in place for the record attempt.

Then finally, after arriving into Amsterdam, you have a comparably calm connection of just less than three hours before completing your circumnavigation with your return to Shanghai.

So, how much will it costs you to become a world record holder? Well, if lady luck is on your side and it takes you just one attempt, then the these tickets would costs you £5000 GBP or around $7000 USD. Is that worth it to you?

If you are interested in making a round the world record attempt and would our consultation, then we would be happy to advise you. Please get in touch with us on: contact (at) resfebertravelblog (dot com)

If you’d like to fly around the world at a more leisurely pace, then check out our posts on Round The World Tickets, here.

18 thoughts on “How To Break The World Record For Flight Circumnavigation

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  1. This is great! I imagine it would be expensive… would you get any reward for completing it? I would want to stop in BA for some steak!
    This reminds me of the guys who recently broke the record for visiting every tube station in London in the shortest time.


  2. Wow this must have taken so much research to compile. Personally I’m more inclined to travel slower but this is great to know if I ever want to zip around quickly 😉 thanks for sharing something different and keen to hear if you ever end up doing it!

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  3. What an interesting post!! I liked that my home country New Zealand was included 🙂 also you mention Wellington but Wellington would be quite hard as the only international flights that land there are from Australia (not Perth) and the Pacific Islands. It would add on a whole lot more time and not be a world record!


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