Kevin Eagan - Sep 11, 2023
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Long-haul aircraft are becoming increasingly efficient, allowing longer non-stop flights. While some passengers may feel exhausted after a two-hour flight, others have no problem sitting through a ten-hour flight. Thanks to advancements in long-haul aircraft efficiency, it is now possible to travel to almost any destination worldwide within 24 hours. Airlines and aircraft manufacturers continuously work to overcome aviation range limits. Tourism Review presents a list of the top ten longest non-stop flights available.

10/ Manila - New York JFK, Philippine Airlines

The flight from Manila, Philippines, to New York, the U.S., takes approximately 17 hours and 15 minutes, covering a distance of nearly 13,712 kilometers. The inaugural flight was on October 29, 2018. Philippine Airlines operates an Airbus A350-900 or Boeing 777-300ER for ultra-long-haul routes.

9/ Sydney-Dallas, Qantas

The Australian airline Qantas has operated the route between Sydney and Dallas since September 29, 2014. The service is used by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a scheduled flight time of 17 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft travels over 13,800 kilometers between Australia and the USA.

8/Houston-Sydney, United

One of the top ten longest flights in the world is operated by United Airlines. Since January 18, 2018, United has offered a route between Houston and Sydney, covering nearly 13,900 kilometers. The aircraft used for this route is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which takes 17 hours and 35 minutes to complete.

7/ Bangalore - San Francisco, Air India

Air India has been ranked 7th among airlines offering flights between Bangalore and San Francisco. The 777-200LR covers over 14,000 kilometers during its almost 18-hour journey connecting the Indian I.T. hub to the U.S. West Coast metropolis. The inaugural flight on this route was on December 2, 2022.

6/ Singapore - Los Angeles, Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines operates a flight route between Singapore and Los Angeles that started on November 2, 2018. The route spans 14,114 kilometers, and the flight lasts 17 hours and 50 minutes. Singapore Airlines, awarded the best airline in the world this year, uses an Airbus A350-900 for this ultra-long-haul flight.

5/ Dubai - Auckland, Emirates

Surprisingly, an airline from the Gulf region still needs to be added to the record books for the longest flight. However, Emirates has reached the fifth spot with its long-haul route from Dubai to Auckland in New Zealand. Their Airbus A380-800 covers a distance of 14,200 kilometers, while the flight time is 17 hours and 25 minutes. This route was first flown on March 2, 2016.

4/ Auckland-New York JFK, Qantas/Air New Zealand

Two airlines operate flights between Auckland, New Zealand, and New York - Qantas and Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand started offering the flight on September 17, 2022, and Qantas began operating on the same route on June 14, 2023. This route covers 14,207 kilometers. Both airlines use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for this route. The total flying time is 17 hours and 30 minutes.

3/ Melbourne-Dallas, Qantas

Since December 2, 2022, Qantas has operated flights between Melbourne and Dallas. The airline uses Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for this route, which covers 14,471 kilometers. Passengers spend around 17 hours and 35 minutes in the air on this long-haul flight.

2/ Perth - London Heathrow, Qantas

Qantas, the Australian carrier, is second for the longest flight route. Its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner covers almost 14,500 kilometers between Perth and London Heathrow. The flight takes 17 hours and 25 minutes, with the flight inaugurated on March 24, 2018.

1/ Singapore - New York, Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines operates the longest flights in the world using the Airbus A350-900ULR. It operates flights of nearly identical distance between Singapore and New York JFK (15,348 kilometers) and between Singapore and Newark (15,343 kilometers). The scheduled flight time for both routes is 18 hours and 50 minutes. Singapore Airlines has been flying to JFK Airport from Singapore since November 9, 2020, and serving Newark since March 27, 2022.

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