Which airline pilot has the record for the highest number of total airline flight hours globally?

I found an article on Ed Long who had over 65,000 hours, but I'm only interested in airline pilots (also, most of his hours were at an altitude of under 200ft...)

  • $\begingroup$ You may not have known it, but commercial pilots are limited by the number of commercial hours flown in a week/month/year, see: What is common number of flight hours a year for an airline pilot? Knowing this, the record would be moot and hard to corroborate (small margins). I don't think it can be answered factually. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Mar 9, 2020 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ @ymb1 Sure, I guess then it's whoever started the youngest and retired the latest... would still be interested in a name / number if it's possible. $\endgroup$
    – Cloud
    Mar 9, 2020 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ymb1: limits are just about most commercial flights, not all.I remember seeing a documentary about a pilots flight commercial flights (freight/post) on some GB islands, single pilot flights, and as i understood, on such flight: no passengers, small aircraft, there are no limits. So the question should be clarified. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2020 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Are you asking for total flight hours for a commercial pilot or total hours flown only commercially by a pilot as I'm not sure you'd be able to find sources for this given the "shape" of most commercial pilots careers. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2020 at 11:15
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    $\begingroup$ Dunno, though I do have a friend who retired from UAL with over 35,000 logged flight hours! $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2020 at 22:21


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