Nonstop flights are getting longer. In fact in March 2020, Air Tahiti Nui operated the longest nonstop commercial flight in history. Flying from Papeete, Tahiti, to Paris, France, the jounrey spanned 9,765 miles and also broke the record for longest nonstop domestic flight, as French Polynesia is technically part of France. Australian airline Qantas is also testing nonstop flights (named Project Sunrise) between New York and Sydney and vice versa, and although they’re not commercially available yet, if they do become available to the public, they’ll be the longest nonstop commercial flights in the world, lasting around 19 hours and 16 minutes and covering around 9,900 miles. In the meantime, here are some of the world’s longest flights so far:
1. New York City – Singapore
Singapore Airlines operates a New York City to Singapore flight which spans 9,537 miles and has a flight time of 18 hours and 40 minutes.
2. Auckland, New Zealand – Doha, Qatar
Qatar Airways flies from Auckland to Doha in around 17 hours and 50 minutes and covers 9,032 miles.
3. Perth, Australia – London, England
Qantas’ route from Perth to London stretches 9,009 miles and lasts around 17 hours and 25 minutes. The flight uses Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and was launched in 2018.
4. Dubai, UAE – Los Angeles, USA
Emirates airline flies 8,324 miles from Dubai to Los Angeles in 16 hours and 17 minutes, and the airline is known for its luxurious flight experiences including in-flight cocktail bars, pod seats, and gourmet food.
5. Los Angeles, USA – Singapore
Singapore Airlines operates another log distance flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, totalling a distance of 8,770 miles and a flight time of 17 hours and 50 minutes.