Longest flight: The longest nonstop flights

Aviation World | June 06, 2018

There has been a lot of talk the past few days about Singapore airlines launching the longest flight in the world. The 20-hour trip between Singapore and New York, which covers a distance of around 9,500 miles, is expected to launch by October 2018. And The aircraft chosen for the longest flight in the world is the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra long range).

It is noteworthy to mention that Singapore Airlines used to fly the Singapore-New York route until 2013, when it was suspended due to high fuel costs.

Advanced fuel efficient technology has opened up new possibilities in the world of aviation, allowing airlines to target more nonstop flights.

But other than the new still in preparation flight, what is the longest flight in the world at the moment? Let’s take a look at some of the longest flights currently available in the aviation world.

Qatar Airways: Auckland – Doha


Covering a distance of 9,032 miles, this flight takes up to 18 hours, 5 minutes of nonstop flight time. Seems like a lot of time for a traveler to sit on board a plane!

The good news is though that the aircraft used for this rout is the Boeing 777-200LR, which is one of the most luxurious planes available in the world right now. The fully reclining seats definitely make the trip more bearable.

Qantas: Perth – London


The first commercially scheduled non-stop service between Australia and Europe, this flight is Qantas's longest non-stop flight. During a long flight time of around 17 hours, 20 minutes, this flight covers an equally long distance of 9,010 miles.

And the aircraft chosen for this mission is the Boeing. The Dreamliner offers several jetlag-fighting features like higher cabin pressure and humidity as well as bigger windows. Qantas worked with scientists at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney University to customize everything from in-flight lighting to meal service and more in order to help passengers adjust to the destination time zone faster.

Emirates: Auckland – Dubai


During a flight time of 17 hours and 5 minutes, this flight covers a distance of 8,824 miles.

The aircraft used for this flight is Airbus A380. The plane is generally comfortable but the three four three setting in the economy class might be a little claustrophobic in such a long flight.

The highlight of this very long flight is the inflight entertainment system called ICE. It boasts 600 movies in numerous languages other than the Standard English and Arabic usually available, from Hungarian to Portuguese, Swedish and Farsi. There are hundreds of TV, music, radio channels and audio books, also in multiple languages. The trip might be long but it certainly isn’t boring.

United: Los Angeles – Singapore


This flight covers a distance of 8,770 miles during 17 hours, 50 minutes of flight time. And it is noteworthy to mention that United is the only U.S. carrier that offers direct flights between Los Angeles and Singapore.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the aircraft that flies this particular line. One of the most luxurious aircrafts in the world, the Dreamliner features business class, premium economy and economy seats.

United: Houston – Sydney


This flight crosses a distance of 8,596 miles during 17 hours and 30 minutes of flight time.

Very popular among long haul flights, The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is again the chosen aircraft for this flight.

Interestingly enough, the plane arrives at Sydney two days after leaving Houston, with one day lost because of the International Date Line. On the return journey however, passengers will arrive 75 minutes before they set off, local time. Aren’t long haul flights the most interesting thing ever?!