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 has temporarily reversed this trend, given border restrictions and the decrease in business travel. But we’re starting to see airlines once again resume ultra long haul flights.

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 (pre-pandemic)? 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 200 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 2022

Global aviation came to a standstill during the pandemic, but it’s starting to recover, with more and more airlines resuming ultra long haul flights. As a result, I figured it was a good time to checkin 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 going off of distance here, 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 be counting flights that are either currently operating, or that are expected to resume in the the next six months, based on current schedules (and if they’re not currently operating, I’ll note it below). What’s pretty amazing to me is that all 17 of these flights are over 8,200 miles, which is a long way to go nonstop.

So, 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. New York (JFK) to Singapore (SIN) / Singapore Airlines / 9,537 miles / Airbus A350-900ULR
  2. Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) / Singapore Airlines / 9,523 miles / Airbus A350-900ULR (resumes March 27, 2022)
  3. Perth (PER) to London (LHR) / Qantas / 9,010 miles / Boeing 787-9 (resumes March 27, 2022)
  4. Auckland (AKL) to Dubai (DXB) / Emirates / 8,824 miles / Boeing 777-200LR (resumes July 1, 2022)
  5. Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) / Singapore Airlines / 8,770 miles / Airbus A350-900ULR
  6. San Francisco (SFO) to Bangalore (BLR) / Air India / 8,701 miles / Boeing 777-200LR
  7. Darwin (DRW) to London (LHR) / Qantas / 8,620 miles / Boeing 787-9
  8. Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD) / United Airlines / 8,596 miles / Boeing 787-9 (resumes March 26, 2022)
  9. Dallas (DFW) to Sydney (SYD) / Qantas / 8,578 miles / Boeing 787-9 (resumes February 16, 2022)
  10. New York (JFK) to Manila (MNL) / Philippine Airlines / 8,520 miles / Airbus A350-900
  11. San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN) / Singapore Airlines & United Airlines / 8,446 miles / Airbus A350-900 & Boeing 787-9
  12. Johannesburg (JNB) to Atlanta (ATL) / Delta / 8,439 miles / Airbus A350-900
  13. Dubai (DXB) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Emirates / 8,339 miles / Airbus A380
  14. Jeddah (JED) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Saudia / 8,332 miles / Boeing 777-300ER (resumes April 25, 2022)
  15. Doha (DOH) to Los Angeles (LAX) / Qatar Airways / 8,306 miles / Airbus A350-1000
  16. Hyderabad (HYD) to Chicago (ORD) / Air India / 8,263 miles / Boeing 777-200LR
  17. Toronto (YYZ) to Manila (MNL) / 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:

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. Unfortunately the pandemic has had a negative impact on these kinds of routes, but there are some interesting flights on the horizon:

  • Qantas plans to launch a Brisbane to Chicago flight, which would cover a distance of 8,916 miles, making it the world’s fourth longest flight; this was supposed to launch pre-pandemic, but has been delayed
  • Air New Zealand plans to launch an Auckland to Newark flight, which would cover a distance of 8,810 miles, making it the world’s sixth longest flight; this was supposed to launch pre-pandemic, but has been delayed
Qantas Boeing 787-9

Next, while these flights aren’t quite 8,200+ miles (or aren’t 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

Beyond that, perhaps the biggest thing on the horizon is Qantas’ “Project Sunrise,” where the airline hopes to fly nonstop from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. Unfortunately the pandemic delayed progress with this, but it’s my understanding that Qantas is still hoping to make this happen, most likely with an Airbus A350-1000.

Bottom line

As airlines rebuild their global route networks, we’re seeing the resumption of some ultra long haul flights. 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. PC Guest

    Lot of people who haven't traveled on these flights in Economy think or assume that travel will be a nightmare. I take the 14.5 flight to Delhi often and time just breezes . Think of it this way :
    Flight takes off at 1230 CST - once in air they serve drinks and lunch . When done with all this ..its usually 3 PM or so.
    3 PM : Watch a movie or...

    Lot of people who haven't traveled on these flights in Economy think or assume that travel will be a nightmare. I take the 14.5 flight to Delhi often and time just breezes . Think of it this way :
    Flight takes off at 1230 CST - once in air they serve drinks and lunch . When done with all this ..its usually 3 PM or so.
    3 PM : Watch a movie or two and spend the time till 7 or 8 pm with in between sipping for water or taking a break to the loo
    They serve dinner some time and eat it and sleep by 10 PM . Or watch a move again if you wish to . By this time you are half way done .The remaining 6 hours can be boring or snoring depending on what you want to do . I usually tend to sleep.
    The other thing you have to understand is that leg spacing is not like the usual US domestic flight -which scares lot of people as then tend to imagine a Coast to coast 737 flights . Don't compare with them .. these are more pleasant and the interiors give you much pleasantness than the single aisle flights .

    I always feel when there is a need - your mind gets prepared.

    A casual travel is always fine in economy. if you are doing this on a regular business basis - like every other week or month .. ya I would agree its a pain in the neck.

    Also - airlines have done enormous studies on the passenger affects before rolling out these.

    Like the pilots always say - sit back , relax and enjoy the flight.

  2. Mr C Guest

    I'm not certain I could tolerate any more than 12 to 14 hours without running up and down the aisle(s) shrieking!

  3. Shareef Guest

    There is no HYD ORD direct flight is a stop over when the flight no we changed the sector breaks .

    1. PC Guest

      Air India started a direct flight from Chicago in Jan 2021 . Due to pandemic, they have not scheduled it. Everyone is routed thru Delhi.

  4. Richie Rich Guest

    Just flew SQ from SFO to SIN in December 2021. The Airbus 350 stops in HKG for a 2 hour refueling. Same thing on my return in February: SIN - HKG - SFO

  5. Airfarer Member

    I've done the QF LHRPERLHR run in business. I wasn't looking forward to the 16 + hours but it went surprisingly quickly.

  6. Mark Guest

    You are missing Vancouver to Melbourne on Air Canada which is just under or just over 8200 miles depending on which site you look at.

  7. Jorge Paez Guest

    All that time in coach! Yippee!

  8. Emmanuel Guest

    Good guide, how about from Nigeria to Australia?

  9. Mike Guest

    ironically, or not ironically, the pandemic has made project sunrise a lot more attractive.
    given the headache involved with testing and transiting, the ability for Australians to get to their destination non-stop is a major competitive edge that Qantas can achieve.
    If I were running Qantas, I'd plan to have a number of additional destination added, including Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Tel Aviv (surprisingly popular route) and Sao Paulo.

    1. Rich Guest

      Qantas has flagged that Perth to Paris and Perth to Rome are very much on the table post-pandemic.

  10. Eric Oborski Guest

    I was on Singapore Airlines inaugural Newark to Singapore nonstop flight (and I have a plaque to prove it!) Subsequently I have taken that flight in both directions at least 10 times. Most people do not realize that in addition to being the longest flight in the world distance-wise, it is the ONLY flight in the world that it takes almost exactly the same amount of time in either direction. This is because geographically it...

    I was on Singapore Airlines inaugural Newark to Singapore nonstop flight (and I have a plaque to prove it!) Subsequently I have taken that flight in both directions at least 10 times. Most people do not realize that in addition to being the longest flight in the world distance-wise, it is the ONLY flight in the world that it takes almost exactly the same amount of time in either direction. This is because geographically it is basically the same distance between New York and Singapore either direction. The flight usually operates from Singapore to New York/Newark over the Pacific Ocean and the NewYork/Newark to Singapore flight crosses the Atlantic Ocean thereby circling the world in the direction of the jet stream!!

  11. Mike C Member

    The longest flight I have taken was SYD-DFW, and I can attest that in Economy it is not the world's greatest experience. It was on an A380, in the Before Times, so a better experience than a short flight (LAX-BNE) in Y on a B787. However, I really didn't notice the extra time over my earlier flights to the West Coast, but don't know how much longer a flight that would still be the case for. I'm certainly willing to give SIN-NYC a go it's not in Y for a start.

  12. DJ Guest

    What about Auckland to Doha?

  13. Latino_farang Guest

    Hi Ben , long time reader here, first time poster.

    I ve flown a few ultra long haul flights in economy myself. (Ex: ccp-scl-Sao-add-bkk) or scl-akl, what I really would love to see is a Sao Paulo - South east asia flight non stop. (Singapore or Bangkok comes to mind)

    Since i'm based in deep South américa (Chile) it would be really helpful for a lot of folks living here in the deep south....

    Hi Ben , long time reader here, first time poster.

    I ve flown a few ultra long haul flights in economy myself. (Ex: ccp-scl-Sao-add-bkk) or scl-akl, what I really would love to see is a Sao Paulo - South east asia flight non stop. (Singapore or Bangkok comes to mind)

    Since i'm based in deep South américa (Chile) it would be really helpful for a lot of folks living here in the deep south. I know I could tránsit in the Usa, but it's a pain transiting there for us non usa citizens. (Much easier to tránsit in Brazil for us chileans)

    Love your blog ! Cheers.

    1. R Luna Guest

      Here's a YouTube video that explain your question on flights from S AM to SE Asia

      https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F00AT5h_sOQM&data=04%7C01%7C%7C9c4fc5d5a2e04344b8d608d9d6ac0fca%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637776856751275032%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=LfbcwDvtOJwKou75OoeiZ9o93LJUe%2BogvIG5Sp%2FLtVU%3D&reserved=0

  14. Mike Mahony Guest

    I find your Singapore entries interesting..the point of origin for the aircraft is Singapore yet you wrote as though each flight departs USA, the destination is the USA

    These flights are SIN-EWR / SIN- JFK / SIN-LAX etc

  15. AC Guest

    I realize it isn't running now but I did the DFW-HKG American flight a few years ago (in Business there and Premium Economy back). Long flight but very nice. As I recall it would have been on this list if still going (maybe one day it will again).

  16. Flor Guest

    I would like to see information about flights from Ohio to Maldives and the places listed above .

    1. Mike C Member

      I'm sure they'll come out in the next few days!

  17. Wynn Guest

    I flew EWR-SIN ( part of EWR-SIN-BKK) in premium economy (41A seat) on January 2019. I was impressed. I will fly JFK-SIN-BKK again in business (10A seat) end of this month , can’t wait.

  18. Marc Guest

    On my return flight to Belgium from New Zealand a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to fly Emirates 1st on the Auckland - Dubai route, about 17,5 hrs. Initially I had the one that made a stop in Melbourne, but I switched to the non-stop flight on purpose: to avoid an extra stop on my way home, and to just get home quicker. I did not regret that decision, I loved the flight....

    On my return flight to Belgium from New Zealand a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to fly Emirates 1st on the Auckland - Dubai route, about 17,5 hrs. Initially I had the one that made a stop in Melbourne, but I switched to the non-stop flight on purpose: to avoid an extra stop on my way home, and to just get home quicker. I did not regret that decision, I loved the flight. So much to keep you busy on board, we landed in Dubai in what seemed like an instant. It of course helps that the A380 is so big, you can walk around, go to the bar, take a shower. I do admit, experiencing that same flight in economy would not be an ideal choice, then I would have kept the extra stop.

  19. Super Member

    I wonder what the rationale is behind having two Australia - LHR flights from Darwin and Perth. Most of the Australian population lives on the east coast, so why not funnel them all through one airport and save on consolidation?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Super -- The service through Darwin is temporary, due to Perth's quarantine requirement for passengers. The Darwin to London flight won't be operated in the long-run.

  20. Another Lump Guest

    I'd really like to see a nonstop flight from USA to BKK, ideally from SFO. Yeah yeah, we know it's a low yield, primarily leisure route, but in a non premium configuration it should be viable. If flights from Vietnam can be commercially viable, or to the prison colony of Australia, then so can this. Of course Thailand needs to take care of that pesky FAA security rating.

  21. Jan Guest

    In some future I would like to experience one of these things.
    My personal longest flight was 14hr from ATL-ICN in a DL A350 Economy. The 31-32" pitch and sad recline made it a bit uncomfortable but the pre-pandemic service was great (hot towels, decent bibimbap, snacks etc). I really don't mind long flights.
    Now I understand that the SQ A350 is a minimum Premium Economy, which should make it significantly more comfortable...

    In some future I would like to experience one of these things.
    My personal longest flight was 14hr from ATL-ICN in a DL A350 Economy. The 31-32" pitch and sad recline made it a bit uncomfortable but the pre-pandemic service was great (hot towels, decent bibimbap, snacks etc). I really don't mind long flights.
    Now I understand that the SQ A350 is a minimum Premium Economy, which should make it significantly more comfortable (heck, the KL Economy Comfort with it's 7.5" recline is much more sleepable than regular economy and is, on paper, on par with half of the PE seats out there). And I've curiously googled it enough times that the fares stay at $1300-1550, which, for what it is, is not bad at all.

  22. NY747 Guest

    HYD-ORD doesn't exist as the flight has a stop in DEL.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ NY747 -- As far as I can tell it's operating nonstop, not going anywhere near DEL... https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ai107

    2. PC Guest

      Yes you are absolutely right . ONe of my relatives traveled in that.

    3. PC Guest

      AI started a direct flight to Hyderabad once every week .Right now due to pandemic they stopped but will resume . It operated almost Jan through April last year.

  23. Bernardo Ng Guest

    You’ve made posts like this about the longest flights so many times before. Tell me something I don’t know.

    1. mdande7 Member

      I found it interesting. You don't have to read it.

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Bernardo Ng -- I last published a post about the world's longest flights roughly two years ago, before the pandemic shut down global aviation. I think it's fair to revisit the topic.

  24. Jason Guest

    I thought Philippines Airlines had discontinued their JFK flight?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jason -- I believe that's the plan given that the carrier is in Chapter 11, but as of now it's still operating and on sale, best I can tell.

  25. Unhoeflich Member

    What about DOH-AKL?

    1. Pursh Guest

      DOH-AKL route currently operates with a stop at Brisbane. Seems the route won’t go non-stop again for the foreseeable future. Qatar Airways can kill two birds with one stone with this routing, given they couldn’t serve Brisbane before due to limitations in the Qatar-Australia air services agreement.

    2. Mike C Member

      Oh, interesting. I wonder whether QF will code share on it or offer reward seats. BNE-AKL in J on QR would be nice.

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Unhoeflich -- Indeed, as noted by Pursh, there's no indication as of now that this flight will make a comeback as a nonstop.

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mdande7 Member

I found it interesting. You don't have to read it.

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@ Bernardo Ng -- I last published a post about the world's longest flights roughly two years ago, before the pandemic shut down global aviation. I think it's fair to revisit the topic.

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Flor Guest

I would like to see information about flights from Ohio to Maldives and the places listed above .

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