The 17 Longest Nonstop Flights In The World

The 17 Longest Nonstop Flights In The World

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Over the past decade we’ve seen a trend whereby airlines have added an incredible number of new ultra long haul flights. Admittedly the pandemic temporarily reversed that trend for a couple of years, given border restrictions and the decrease in business travel.

It seems that we’re turning a corner when it comes to travel demand, and we’re starting to see airlines once again resume ultra long haul flights. Not only that, but in the past year we’ve even seen several new ultra long haul routes revealed.

In this post I wanted to summarize the world’s longest flights, what other ultra long haul flights might be on the horizon, and share why these are more practical than in the past.

Why ultra long haul flights are more practical than ever

Why have we seen airlines launch so many ultra long haul flights in the past several years? It primarily comes down to new aircraft technology. In the past decade the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 have become the backbone of many carriers’ long haul fleets, and these planes are great for airlines and passengers:

  • The planes are ultra long range, and can operate some nonstop flights that previous generation aircraft couldn’t
  • The planes have lower capacity than previous generation aircraft (like the Boeing 747), which opens up more viable markets; it’s much easier to profitably fill 250 seats than it is to profitably fill 400 seats
  • The planes have great economics, and per-passenger fuel burn is significantly lower than previous generation aircraft

So yeah, long range, fuel efficient, low capacity aircraft have done wonders for airlines when it comes to the viability of ultra long haul city pairs. Many routes that could have previously never been profitable now make sense.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000

The world’s 17 longest nonstop flights as of January 2023

Global aviation came to a standstill during the pandemic, but it has recovered nicely, with more and more airlines resuming ultra long haul flights. As a result, I figured it was a good time to check in on the world’s longest flights, given how much the list has changed over the years. Let’s take a look at the 17 longest flights.

I’m basing this list on direct air distance between city pairs, since obviously Russian airspace issues are causing airlines to largely operate circuitous routings. Furthermore, I think distance is a better metric than length of flight, since winds can also have an impact on the duration of flights, and on top of that, some airlines do a lot of schedule padding.

Note that I’ll only be counting flights that are currently operating, and not flights that have been suspended or have just been announced for the future. What’s pretty amazing to me is that all of these flights are over 8,200 miles, which is a long way to go nonstop.

What are the world’s longest flights? Here they are, starting with the longest (I’m including the airline that operates the route, the distance, and the aircraft type used):

  1. Singapore (SIN) to New York (JFK) / Singapore Airlines / 9,537 miles / Airbus A350-900ULR
  2. Singapore (SIN) to Newark (EWR) / Singapore Airlines / 9,523 miles / Airbus A350-900ULR
  3. Perth (PER) to London (LHR) / Qantas / 9,010 miles / Boeing 787-9
  4. Melbourne (MEL) to Dallas (DFW) / Qantas / 8,992 miles / Boeing 787-9 (launches December 2, 2022)
  5. Auckland (AKL) to New York (JFK) / Air New Zealand & Qantas / 8,828 miles / Boeing 787-9 (Qantas flight launches June 14, 2023)
  6. Dubai (DXB) to Auckland (AKL) / Emirates / 8,824 miles / Airbus A380
  7. Singapore (SIN) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Singapore Airlines / 8,770 miles / Airbus A350-900
  8. Bangalore (BLR) to San Francisco (SFO) / Air India / 8,701 miles / Boeing 777-200LR
  9. Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD) / United Airlines / 8,596 miles / Boeing 787-9
  10. Sydney (SYD) to Dallas (DFW) / Qantas / 8,578 miles / Boeing 787-9
  11. Manila (MNL) to New York (JFK) / Philippine Airlines / 8,520 miles / Airbus A350-900
  12. Singapore (SIN) to San Francisco (SFO) / Singapore Airlines & United Airlines / 8,446 miles / Airbus A350-900 & Boeing 787-9
  13. Atlanta (ATL) to Johannesburg (JNB) / Delta / 8,439 miles / Airbus A350-900
  14. Dubai (DXB) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Emirates / 8,339 miles / Airbus A380
  15. Jeddah (JED) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Saudia / 8,332 miles / Boeing 777-300ER
  16. Doha (DOH) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Qatar Airways / 8,306 miles / Airbus A350-1000
  17. Manila (MNL) to Toronto (YYZ) / Philippine Airlines / 8,221 miles / Airbus A350-900
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900

I intentionally left out the flight times, since they fluctuate throughout the year due to winds. Furthermore, some airlines pad their schedules more than others (in order to create artificial on-time arrivals). All 17 of these flights are blocked anywhere between 16hr20min and 18hr50min.

Here’s a map with all the routes, which is quite cluttered, as you can see:

The world’s longest airline routes in 2022

What record-breaking flights are on the horizon?

A majority of the world’s longest flights have been launched in the past several years, which raises the question of what other record-breaking flights might be on the horizon. In the past several weeks we saw the launch or Air New Zealand’s Auckland to New York flight and Qantas’ Melbourne to Dallas flight, both of which make the list. Furthermore, Qantas will soon be competing with Air New Zealand on the Auckland to New York route.

What else is on the horizon?

Qantas Boeing 787-9

Next, while these flights aren’t 8,200+ miles (or are routes that aren’t currently operated), there are some other ultra long haul flights that have either recently launched or are on the horizon:

Vietnam Airlines now flies to the United States

Bottom line

As airlines rebuild their global route networks, we’re not only seeing the resumption of some ultra long haul flights, but even the introduction of some new ones. We’ve seen so many new long haul flights launched in the past five years or so, thanks to how amazing the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are. Compared to previous generation aircraft, these planes are low capacity, long range, and fuel efficient.

While these marathon flights are great for those traveling in a premium cabin, I can’t imagine doing a nonstop flight like this in economy. In those situations I feel like I’d rather break up the journey than fly nonstop. Heck, even in business class I feel like some of these flights are too long.

Which ultra long haul flight do you find most interesting, and what do you think we’ll see added next?

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  1. John S. Guest

    Also, BOM-SFO by Air India (8,406 miles) which started this week.

  2. JLAlonso Guest

    What about AA DFW-AKL?

  3. red_robbo Guest

    Why 17, and not 16 or 18?
    Did you just get bored after the 17th?

  4. IndyDavid Guest

    I miss LAX-BKK on the A340-500. Flew that a bunch of times.

  5. David Alford Guest

    Is it possible to book Singapore (SIN) to New York (JFK) / Singapore Airlines / 9,537 miles / Airbus A350-900ULR with AVIOS?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ David Alford -- Unfortunately British Airways and Singapore Airlines don't partner, so you can't use Avios for these flights. You can use other points currencies, though, like Singapore KrisFlyer miles.

    2. David Alford New Member

      Thanks Ben. I live in South Africa and find points accumulating strategies quite limited. Banks here do not give much away at all in terms of rewards. We really have 2 options, convert to Avios or convert to SAA Voyager miles (too risky).

      We don't have sign on bonuses, travel rewards etc. But I do get a LoungeKey pass with my bank which is totally worth it!

  6. iamhere Guest

    China? US to/from China flights are still operating but limited to weekly. Surprised that none made the list - such as flights to Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Houston, to name a few. I guess flights between China and Europe would not qualify. Seems you just checked on a daily basis.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ iamhere -- Those flights aren't 8,000+ miles, which is why they didn't make the list. I included all regularly scheduled flights, even if they're less than daily.

  7. Robert Guest

    We'll see how P2 and I do on IAH-DOH in Feb in J. We'd make the trip anyway to see family so nonstop has to be better than one or multiple stops

  8. Ras Carter Guest

    NBO-JKF too is pretty a long flight by KQ 787-8

  9. Tom Guest

    I’ve flown IAH-SYD on UA101 pre pandemic. Man, that felt long even in business at 17:50hrs — I still have the flight aware screenshot :) . I used to fly quarterly IAH-TPE (7,939 miles) for work on BR before Covid. It would consistently be a +16hrs flight. While I was in Singapore and Malaysia this past summer I do miss Asia pre Covid — RIP HKG.

  10. BMartin Guest

    I miss the Delta ATL-DXB route… Doha is the only gateway to the ME these days..

  11. Tim Dunn Diamond

    The real factor esp with Russian airspace issues is flight time. CX JFK to HKG was sometimes taking over 18 hours honoring the Russia airspace embargo but is about two hours now that they are overflying Russia. Similar examples exist on other routes

    1. Robert Guest

      2 hours JFK-HKG, now that's a flight

    2. Tim Dunn Diamond

      obviously should say 2 hours shorter

  12. Never In Doubt Guest

    SF-Singapore, the longest flight I’ve been on, was top 5 iirc at some point. Now it’s not even top 10!

  13. ConcordeBoy Diamond

    Since no one's done the inevitable, I guess I'll do the honors:

    "OMG, these are so horrible. I'd never want to do that! I can't afford premium classes, so I break every trip into a five-segment stop. Why do these evil airlines offer such flights!"

    (stated as if anyone else would have reason to care)

    1. Ben L. Diamond

      Speaking of posts that nobody would have reason to care about...

    2. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      Reflective irony is lost on you, isn't it? ;)

  14. bruh Guest

    What happened to QR's service to AKL? I don't see their non-stops being advertised anymore.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ bruh -- Yeah, sadly hasn't resumed pre-pandemic, which is kind of surprising to me. Instead the airline flies to Auckland via Adelaide.

  15. TravelinWilly Diamond

    Just flew AF LP to JNB on Friday via CDG (LONG layover), back to DC this week, it’s too bad there’s no first class service US direct or nonstop to SA.

    I’ll take FC via Europe any day before biz, I’m just too old…

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ TravelinWilly -- That sounds like a heck of a way to get from South Africa to the United States, hope you enjoyed!

  16. Jim Guest

    I've done ATL-JNB three times in steerage. There is no way of making it comfortable; you just suffer & hope there are no delays.

  17. Fred J Bloggs Guest

    What’s the issue with airlines scheduling realistic flight times? You call it padding but I would much rather take a flight that arrived on time, or earlier, than one that arrives on time or later.

    As a passenger it’s much easier to deal with an early arrival than a late one.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Fred J Bloggs -- I'm not saying airlines shouldn't pad their schedules, but rather I'm saying that airlines do this to different extents, which is why I don't think it's a metric by which "long" flights should be judged. In some cases the difference in padding can be pretty significant.

  18. Karan Guest

    You missed BOM-SFO starting December 15, 2022 by Air India on 77L.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Karan -- Good catch, I'll include that on the next list, when it launches.

  19. RetiredATLATC Diamond

    I used to do DOH-ATL a lot and 16hrs in a plane, albeit in J, is a lot to handle.

    I'm ok with my J ATL-IST 11hrs but that's about the max for me now. I don't sleep all that well, especially on the 789 (too narrow a seat), and you can only drink so much.

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ iamhere -- Those flights aren't 8,000+ miles, which is why they didn't make the list. I included all regularly scheduled flights, even if they're less than daily.

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Ben L. Diamond

Speaking of posts that nobody would have reason to care about...

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Tomas Guest

I miss Etihad's AUH-LAX nonstop!

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