The Most Grueling Longest Flights In The World: a blog about the 10 longest distance flights.
Flying from the east coast of the USA to New Zealand or Australia can be one of the most grueling journeys you’ll ever take. It’s a long haul and takes a lot out of you. I have flown this route 3 times and I’m going to share my experience with you!
It’s 2017, and you can fly farther than ever before. As the aviation industry continues to take strides in fuel efficiency and new routes, more airlines are offering the longest flights in the world.
Here is a list of the 10 longest distance flights in the world. Check out these grueling (and sometimes confusing) routes you can take from your closest airport.
Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles, Malaysia Airlines (8,770 miles)
Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth, Qantas (8,577 miles)
New York-Singapore, Singapore Airlines (8,285 miles)
Houston-Sydney, United Airlines (8,596 miles)
San Francisco-Singapore, United Airlines (8,446 miles)
Johannesburg-Atlanta, Delta Air Lines (8,439 miles)
Houston-Melbourne, Qantas Airways (8,578 miles)
Los Angeles-Melbourne , Qantas Airways (8,646 miles)
Auckland – Dubai , Emirates Airlines (9,032 miles)
Have you ever wondered what the longest flight in the world is? The first thing to note is that there are two ways of looking at this issue. First, there’s the most grueling flight in the world. You know, one of those flights where you just feel like you’ve been on a plane for days on end. We’re talking about a flight from Los Angeles to Singapore where you have to endure nearly 18 hours in cramped economy class seating, with a few measly meals and nowhere to sleep.
The other side of the coin is something that only aviation nerds care about: the actual distance between airports. Some airlines will fly relatively short distances (like New York to Los Angeles) with big detours. For example, they might fly over Canada or Alaska instead of flying directly over the United States. This helps them avoid expensive air space fees, but it makes their scheduled flight time longer than necessary.
Flights that take off and land at different airports are also more challenging because they require connecting flights. Connecting flights make your travel time much longer than usual, as you have to go through security multiple times and wait around in multiple airports for your connecting flight to arrive or depart.
We’ve done the research and gathered all the information you need on some of the longest flights in the world. Our list includes an array of non-stop flights, stopovers, and challenging layovers that will get you to your destination without breaking the bank.
Here’s a roundup of our top 10 picks for longest flights around the globe:
10. Doha – Auckland (New Zealand): 14,535 km / 9,032 miles
Qatar Airways has one of the most reliable and consistent services in business class. If you’re traveling from New York to Auckland or vice versa, this is a great way to break up your flight and avoid long flights over the ocean in one go.
The longest flight in the world is from Newark International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport. The flight comes in at a whopping 15,344 kilometers (9,534 miles) and lasts for about 18 hours and 45 minutes. Don’t worry though as there are plenty of entertainment options from the United Airlines Boeing 777-200ER to keep you entertained. There are also other flights that can be considered the longest flight in the world, such as:
Los Angeles International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport (14,114 km or 8,771 mi)
Dubai International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport (13,834 km or 8,621 mi)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (13,804 km or 8,601 mi)
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (13,581 km or 8,458 mi)
1. Singapore Airlines’ route between New York (JFK) and Singapore (SIN) has a distance of 15,345 km/9,521 miles. The flight takes 19 hours, 30 minutes. In 2008 Singapore Airlines flew the world’s longest non-stop flight from Newark, NJ to Singapore with an Airbus A340-500.
2. Qantas Airways’ route between Dallas (DFW) and Sydney (SYD) has a distance of 14,498 km/9,006 miles. The flight takes 16 hours, 55 minutes.
3. Emirates Airline’s route between Dubai (DXB) and Houston (IAH) has a distance of 14,114 km/8,771 miles. The flight takes 16 hours, 35 minutes.
4. Continental Airlines’ route between Newark (EWR) and Hong Kong (HKG) has a distance of 13,865 km/8,593 miles. The flight takes 17 hours, 30 minutes.
5. Qantas Airways’ route between Los Angeles (LAX) and Melbourne (MEL) has a distance of 13,804 km/8,556 miles. The flight takes 17 hours, 50 minutes.
6. Cathay Pacific’s route between Los
Airline: Qantas Airways
Flight Duration: 14 hours and 35 minutes
Distance: 8,578 miles
Date: September 25, 1989
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Combi
This was the first nonstop commercial service in the world to cover almost 8,600 miles. This flight was also the longest flight to operate with a Boeing 747 at the time. The aircraft was a ‘combi’ version which means that it had both passengers and cargo on board. The flight carried 152 passengers and 10 crew members. The flight took off from London Heathrow Airport at 17:40. Later, it landed at Sydney International Airport at 13:15 (three days later). There were only 2 pilots onboard this flight along with 10 cabin crew members.