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.
Now that they’ve restarted both flights, Los Angeles isn’t even in the top 4 and their San Francisco non-stops aren’t in the top eight.
Singapore Airlines Business Class
Thai Airways briefly operated what was then the third longest flight in the world, 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 decided to stem the losses incurred by burning so much fuel just to be able to carry enough fuel to make the trip.
Ultra long range flying is more economical because of newer more fuel efficient aircraft, and while the price of jet fuel has risen this year it hasn’t reached the levels of five years ago.
I had first class awards booked on Qantas’ Dallas – Sydney non-stop. The last time I flew the flight it was the third longest in the world. Now it’s not even the longest Qantas flight, or the longest flight from the US to Australia.
Qantas Airbus A380 Arriving in Dallas for the First Time
I used to think that New York JFK – Hong Kong and Dallas – Dubai, flights I’ve taken multiple times, were extraordinarily long. Now they’re not in the top 20 by distance.
In fact there are 26 flights that travel more than 8000 miles. Here are the longest flights in the world. How many do you know?
|New York JFK||<–>||Manila||8520||Philippine|
|San Francisco||<–>||Singapore||8446||Singapore, United|
|Los Angeles||<–>||Abu Dhabi||8390||Etihad|
|Dallas Fort-Worth||<–>||Hong Kong||8123||American|
|Washington Dulles||<–>||Hong Kong||8153||Cathay|
|New York JFK||<–>||Hong Kong||8072||Cathay|
|Newark||<–>||Hong Kong||8065||Cathay, United|
|New York JFK||<–>||Guangzhou||8002||China Southern|