The 11 Longest Flights In The World

March 28, 2012 by staff 

The 11 Longest Flights In The World, “Are we there yet?” usually issues from the mouths of children. But aboard these 11 flights, even the adults pester flight attendants with such questions. U.S. News Travel sought out the most painstakingly long journeys in the sky. While some people measure length by mileage, we believe the flight’s duration is much more important to travelers. After all, you only want to be stuck on a plane with strangers for so long.

Cathay Pacific offers not one, not two, but three direct flights every day from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Each Boeing 777 takes about 16 hours to reach its Asian destination. The flight’s carrier, Cathay Pacific, is unfamiliar to most Americans, but it is one of the largest airlines in Asia and Hong Kong’s official airline. As travel between Asia and North America steadily increases, look for an escalating number of Cathay Pacific planes in your local airport.

Jumping 16 hours ahead, travelers flying from Texas Ranch Country to the Australian Outback will probably experience some jet lag. Add to that 15 hours of airtime, and the trek could be downright painful. Luckily, Qantas pampers its passengers with ergonomic seats, personal on-demand entertainment sets, three meals, and complimentary wine. Upon request, customers can also receive “dopp kits” complete with a razor, toothbrush, deodorant, and other products to freshen up on board. When travelers get restless or hungry, they can take a short walk to the self-service snack bar, which is fully stocked with free goodies.
Currently, Singapore Airlines operates the longest flight in the world by duration, racking up 18 hours and 30 minutes in the air in just one go. From Los Angeles to Singapore, a business-class only airplane shuttles 100 passengers halfway across the globe. Most people are surprised to learn that this trip takes longer than the airline’s Newark-Singapore flight, which travels about 800 more miles. The Newark flight path across the North Pole subjects the aircraft to less wind resistance, allowing it to travel faster than the flight from L.A., which crosses the Pacific Ocean.

Los Angeles to Singapore, Singapore Airlines

– Miles: 9,500
– Scheduled Duration: 18 Hours 30 Minutes

Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines

– Miles: 10,371
– Scheduled Duration: 18 Hours

Los Angeles to Bangkok on Thai Airways

– Miles: 8,260*
– Scheduled Duration: 17 Hours 30 Minutes

Dubai to Los Angeles on Emirates Airways

– Miles: 8,335*
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours 30 Minutes

Dubai to Houston on Emirates Airways

– Miles: 8,164*
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours 20 Minutes

Doha to Houston on Qatar Airways (Tie)

– Miles: 8,047
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours 15 Minutes

Atlanta to Johannesburg on Delta Airlines (Tie)

– Miles: 8,433
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours 15 Minutes

Newark to Hong Kong on United Airlines (Tie)

– Miles: 8,065
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours

Johannesburg to New York on South African Airways (Tie)

– Miles: 7,970
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours

Houston to Brisbane on Qantas (Tie)

– Miles: 8,584
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours

New York to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific (Tie)

– Miles: 8,059
– Scheduled Duration: 16 Hours

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