Singapore Airlines used to operate the two longest flights in the world — Newark to Singapore non-stop (9534 miles) followed by Los Angeles to Singapore (8770 miles). Both of these were flown with
Airbus A340-500 flying gas cans.
Note. Singapore Airlines business class aboard 777-300 not Airbus A340
Thai Airways briefly operated the third longest flight, New York JFK to Bangkok at 8677 miles, and for a longer period operated Los Angeles – Bangkok non-stop (at just 8270 miles). Eventually they too decided to stem the losses incurred by burning so much fuel just to be able to carry enough fuel to make the trip.
I came up with the following flights that are currently scheduled to operate (meaning, it includes flights like Dubai – Panama City that have not yet commenced service) and are over 8000 miles.
How many did you know about?
- Emirates, Dubai – Panama City, 8588 miles (starts February 1, 2016)
- Qantas, Sydney – Dallas, 8578 miles
- Delta, Atlanta – Johannesburg, 8439 miles
- Etihad, Abu Dhabi – Los Angeles, 8390 miles
- Emirates, Dubai – Los Angeles, 8339 miles
- Saudia, Jeddah – Los Angeles, 8332 miles
- Emirates, Dubai – Houston, 8168 miles
- Etihad, Abu Dhabi – San Francisco, 8158 miles
- This flight is operated by Jet Airways aircraft, so it’s less than affectionately referred to as operated by “Jetihad”
- American, Dallas – Hong Kong, 8123 miles
American’s new 777-300ER business class flies to Hong Kong
- Emirates, Dubai – San Francisco, 8103 miles
- Cathay Pacific, New York JFK – Hong Kong, 8072 miles
- Etihad, Abu Dhabi – Dallas, 8071 miles
- United and Cathay Pacific, Newark – Hong Kong, 8065 miles
- Qatar, Doha – Houston, 8047 miles
- I’ll actually fly Qatar for the first time next month.
- Emirates, Dubai – Dallas, 8040 miles
How many of these did you know? How many have you flown?
The list actually brings home to me that I’ve flown very few ‘ultra-long haul’ segments. I’ve flown many many long flights that don’t make this list, like New York and Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi, and Chicago and Toronto to Hong Kong… as well as many long connecting ‘direct’ flights like San Francisco – Hong Kong – Singapore. But I’ve only flown Los Angeles – Abu Dhabi, Dubai – Dallas, and New York JFK – Hong Kong, and I have Houston – Dubai and Dallas – Sydney booked. That’s just five out of fifteen.