I did 12 hours a few years ago and I vowed never again. More recently I found that 4 hours was getting too much and add that to the way you are treated at airports and I decided enough was enough.
Now we put our luggage into the car and 30 minutes later it is unloaded for us and taken straight to our cabin on our cruise ship. We pass through immigration in about 30 minutes, which is staffed by retired men and women who want to be their and make you very welcome.
I can understand that flying is necessary for some and particularly for business travel but for a holiday - no way!
Go sub orbital only takes a couple of hours to New York and not much longer to Melbourne click hereclick here I agree with your sentiments, hate airports spent six hours at Dussledorf for a 90min flight on Friday, chaos as the Easter holiday started in Germany and of course we will have the same thing in this country next Friday.
I used to go to Brisbane or Sydney via Singapore. The flight to Singapore was 13 hours and to Brisbane or Sydney about 8 hours- total time 21 hours. Of course there was a gap or even a stop over in Singapore. If you want to end up in Sydney via the direct flight to Perth in 17 hours, it takes I think 41/2 hours to get to Sydney so total air time is 211/2 hours. Maybe my memory is wrong but as I like Singapore Airways I think if I were going to Sydney that I would still go via Singapore rather than Perth. No doubt FE is more up to date.
"even if you go first class like FE but I would doubt that he is keen on them either."
Even if I could afford to travel First Class I wouldn't. Business class is very good.
I'm not going to say that I love long-haul flights, but I have grown used to them, and I have my own coping mechanisms for making it less arduous. I shall be doing a long-haul in a couple of weeks' time - for me it's the only way to travel. I can think of nothing worse than going on a cruise ship.