September 20, 2017
Here’s the 5 Longest Commercial Flights in the World

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Here are the five longest commercial flights in the world, as of Summer 2017, ranked by a combination of flight time and distance.


  1. San Francisco to Singapore


Flight time can range from 16 hours and 25 minutes to 17 hours and 15 minutes long. This route is operated by two airlines: Singapore Air and United. Singapore Airlines operates this flight with its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft and United operates it with its Boeing 787-9.  Total distance: 13,572 km or 8,433 miles.


  1. Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta skyline

Coming in REALLY close to the last route, Johannesburg to Atlanta measures at 13,573 km or 8,434 miles- just about a mile longer than SFO to SIN! Flight time comes in at 16 hours and 55 minutes. The route is operated by Delta, out of its largest hub at Atlanta-Hartfield international. Service began on June 1st, 2009 using the Boeing 777-200LR (long-range.)


  1. Dallas, Texas to Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour, Australia

Coming in third is Qantas’s Dallas (DFW) to Sydney (SYD) route. It was introduced on September 29th, 2014 using an Airbus A380-800 aircraft. Flight-time ranges from 16 hours and 50 minutes to 17 hours and 10 minutes. Total distance: 13,799 km or 8,574 miles.


  1. Dubai, UAE to Auckland, New Zealand

Emirates boasts the number two spot with its flight from Dubai to Auckland on its Airbus A380-800 aircraft. The route began on March 2nd, 2016 and takes between 17 hours and 5 minutes to 17 hours and 25 minutes. Total distance: 14,191 km or 8,818 miles.


  1. Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

The number one title for the current longest flight goes to Qatar Airways! The newly launched flight takes between 17 hours and 30 minutes to 17 hours and 40 minutes. The route was launched February 6th, 2017 using Qatar’s Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Total distance: 14,525 km or 9,025 miles. Although Qatar’s incredible new QSuite Business Class isn’t available on this flight yet, you can still book their current Business Class seats for free using miles!


Airlines are constantly adding or announcing future long haul routes and this list definitely has some competition on its way! United recently announced two new long haul flights: Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) and Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD). Los Angeles to Singapore will begin on October 27, 2017 using Boeing 787-9 aircraft and will be 8,770 miles. Houston to Sydney will begin January 18, 2018 using Boeing 787-9 aircraft and will be 8,596 miles.


Oh, and Qantas is working with Boeing and Airbus to design a brand new aircraft capable of flying a ridiculous 20 hours from Sydney to London within the next five years.


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