10 Longest Flights in the World

With cramped seating and limited entertainment, even your average flight can be a bit taxing. While most people are happy to get back on the ground after even just a few hours, some flights cover vast distances and take a very long time to complete.

So, just how much distance and time do the longest of airplane flights take? Today we’ll be looking at the 10 longest flights in the world that you can take, organizing them by the average distance traveled, and learning some interesting facts about each one.

  1. Delta Air Lines DL 201

Distance: 8,439 miles
Locations: Johannesburg – Atlanta
Flight Time: 16h 25m
Plane: Boeing 777

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Any passengers who took this flight before the completed 2018 renovations will notice a distinct upgrade in terms of cabin space and comfort! The multi-billion-dollar renovation investment completely revamped the interior of Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 777 planes and included changes such as positioning seats a bit differently and only keeping nine seats per row instead of packing in 10. These changes might not sound like much, but they provide much more leg room!

Did you know? 

In 1997, Delta was the first airline to board over 100 million passengers in a single year.

  1. Singapore Airlines SQ 31, SQ 33 and United Airlines UA 1, UA 29

Distance: 8,446 miles
Locations: San Francisco – Singapore
Flight Time: 16h 35m
Plane: Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9

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Singapore Airlines, originally founded as Malayan Airways, maintains a high number of joint ventures that enable it to offer excellent services. These partnerships include ventures with Rolls-Royce and Boeing that come together to provide superior comfort and flight security. Singapore Airlines and United Airlines work together to transport passengers both ways on this long journey.

Did you know? 

Skytrax has ranked Singapore Airlines as the world’s best airline four times.

  1. Philippine Airlines PR 127

Distance: 8,520 miles
Locations: New York/JFK – Manila
Flight Time: 16h 45m
Plane: Airbus A350

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Philippine Airlines was founded in 1941, and it is Asia’s oldest commercial airline that still operates today under its original name. The Philippine Airlines network includes 31 destinations within the Philippines in addition to its 54 overseas destinations. The airline’s headquarters is in PNB Financial Center located in Pasay City.

Did you know? 

The Airbus A350-900, which is the main airplane used on this flight, is able to accommodate up to 350 passengers.

  1. Qantas QF 8

Distance: 8,577 miles
Locations: Dallas/Fort Worth – Sydney
Flight Time: 17h
Plane: Airbus A380-800

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Qantas Airways Limited, commonly referred to simply as Qantas, is Australia’s largest airline by several definitions! It boasts the largest fleet size as well as the farthest-reaching network of international flights and the highest number of international destinations. The Airbus A380-800 that makes some of its longest flights provides standard seating for 555 passengers at a time even though there is space for more. This allows more room for additional in-flight commodities.

Did you know? 

Qantas is actually an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”.

  1. United Airlines UA 101

Distance: 8,596 miles
Locations: Houston – Sydney
Flight Time: 17h 15m
Plane: Boeing 787-9

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United Airlines was originally founded as Varney Airlines and served as an airline mail carrier to transport cargo across the nation. It later became a founding member of the Star Alliance and has international hubs in locations such as Guam and Tokyo. While this particularly long flight utilizes the port in Houston, United Airlines’ Chicago–O’Hare hub sees the most departures and passengers.

Did you know? 

United Airways employs more than 86,000 people.

  1. Singapore Airlines SQ 37, SQ 35

Distance: 8,769 miles
Locations: Los Angeles – Singapore
Flight Time: 17h
Plane: Airbus A350-900

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Singapore Airlines is one of the largest airlines worldwide in terms of revenue, which may be attributed in part to their branding strategy. Instead of focusing on the mechanics and logistics of their services, the airline’s branding puts the spotlight on their crew to show their focus on people and experiences. Excellent safety and mechanical features are presented as a given.

Did you know? 

Singapore Airlines’ brand mascot, the Singapore Girl, is so iconic that she’s been made into a Funko Pop figurine with the sarong kebaya airline uniform, signature hairdo, and all!

  1. Emirates EK 449

Distance: 8,823 miles
Locations: Auckland – Dubai
Flight Time: 17h 5m
Plane: Airbus A380

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The Emirates airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, a UAE government-run aviation holding company that flies to more than 150 different destinations worldwide. Emirates is the largest airline and flight network in the Middle East, with its hub at Dubai International Airport running a staggering 3,600 flights each week! When the Dubai-Auckland flight was first made, it was an historic accomplishment.

Did you know? 

The time efficiency of the Dubai-Auckland flight resulted in downwards pressure being placed upon air fares. 

  1. Qantas QF 9

Distance: 9,009 miles
Locations: Perth – London Heathrow
Flight Time: 17h 20m
Plane: Boeing 787-9

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Also known as Heathrow Airport, London Heathrow is the second-busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. The Qantas QF 9 was also the second-longest flight in the world for a brief time after it was launched. Qantas is the third-oldest airline in the world as well as an original founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance. The airline’s main hub is the Sydney Airport.

Did you know? 

Qantas is nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo”.

  1. Qatar Airways QR 921

Distance: 9,032 miles
Locations: Auckland – Doha
Flight Time: 17h 50m
Plane: Boeing 777-200LR

Qatar_Airways_QR_921  Source: wikimedia.org

Qatar Airways is headquartered within the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar. The airway’s fleet includes over 200 aircraft and retains 43,000 employees! Qatar Airways is also a member of the Oneworld alliance and was the first Gulf carrier to join one of the three airline alliances. True to the concept of global connectivity, Qatar Airways services every single continent.

Did you know? 

Qatar Airways’ mascot, the purple Oryx, was once thought to have gone extinct.

  1. Singapore Airlines SQ 21 and 22

Distance: 9,534 miles
Locations: Newark – Singapore
Flight Time: 18h 45m
Plane: Airbus A340-500

Singapore_Airlines_SQ_21  Source: wikimedia.org

Singapore Airlines SQ 21 and 22 are the longest flights in the world in terms of average distance. Since there is always some variation in the pilot’s route of choice, this flight actually broke its own record! The original flight, SQ21, was the longest flight in the world until it was broken by its own return flight: a slightly longer variation of flight SQ22.

Did you know? 

Despite crossing a longer distance, SQ22 actually took up less time thanks to some beneficial wind currents that boosted the plane’s speed.

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