From A to ZZZ: The Longest Flights in the World

From A to ZZZ: The Longest Flights in the World
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 The world is getting smaller every day, thanks to the advent of ultra-long-haul flights that can take passengers from one corner of the world to another in a single journey. In this article, we'll be exploring the longest flights in the world, which offer non-stop journeys spanning more than 15 hours. These flights are operated by some of the world's leading airlines, and they offer a unique experience for passengers who want to explore far-off destinations without the hassle of changing planes.

One of the most important aspects of these ultra-long-haul flights is the aircraft used. Airlines typically use large, wide-body jets like the Airbus A350, the Boeing 787, and the Boeing 777, which have the range and capacity to fly for hours without refueling. These planes also have advanced features like quieter engines, better air filtration systems, and larger windows, which can help passengers feel more comfortable and relaxed during their journey.

Another important consideration for ultra-long-haul flights is the amenities offered on board. To help passengers cope with the extended flight times, airlines typically provide a range of in-flight entertainment options, as well as comfortable seating and high-quality food and beverages. Some airlines even offer sleep pods or lie-flat seats, which can help passengers get some rest and arrive at their destination feeling refreshed.

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Of course, flying for such extended periods also poses a number of challenges. These can include issues like jet lag, dehydration, and fatigue, all of which can make the journey more difficult for passengers. To address these concerns, airlines may offer special services like hydration stations, in-flight yoga classes, and expert advice on how to beat jet lag.

Despite these challenges, there are many reasons why airlines offer ultra-long-haul flights. One of the main reasons is the demand for direct connections between distant cities. Many travelers prefer to avoid layovers and connecting flights, which can add significant time and hassle to their journey. Additionally, airlines may see ultra-long-haul flights as an opportunity to increase their profitability, by offering a premium experience to travelers who are willing to pay extra for the convenience of a non-stop journey.

So, Here is the current list of the top 10 longest flights in the world that are in operation. They are ordered according to distance, since this metric remains constant, as opposed to flight timing, which can vary according to season, weather, and airport conditions at different times of the year.  

  1. New York City (JFK) – Singapore (SIN) Airline: Singapore Airlines

Distance: 15,346 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 18 hours, 30 minutes

  1. Singapore (SIN) – Newark (EWR) Airline: Singapore Airlines

Distance: 15,329 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 18 hours, 30 minutes 3. Perth (PER) – London (LHR) Airline: Qantas

Distance: 14,499 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 20 minutes

  1. Melbourne (MEL) – Dallas (DFW) Airline: Qantas

Distance: 14,499 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 35 minutes

  1. Auckland (AKL) – New York (JFK) Airline: Air New Zealand

Distance: 14,165 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 50 minutes

  1. Dubai (DXB) - Auckland (AKL) Airline: Emirates

Distance: 14,163 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 5 minutes

  1. Singapore (SIN) - Los Angeles (LAX) Airline: Singapore Airlines

Distance: 14,074 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 10 minutes

  1. Bangalore (BLR) - San Francisco (SFO) Airline: Air India

Distance: 13,976 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 40 minutes

  1. Houston (IAH) - Sydney (SYD) Airline: United Airlines

Distance: 13,831 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 35 minutes

  1. Sydney (SYD) - Dallas (DFW) Airline: Qantas

Distance: 13,818 kilometers

Estimated Flight Time: 15 hours and 20 minutes

Longest Flights in the World." Travel + Leisure, 23 July 2019,

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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