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World’s longest flights

Aircraft design is becoming increasingly fuel-efficient. Combined with an higher demand from passengers wanting to get faster and faster from A to B, some of the world’s longest flights are about to get even longer. 

March 2018 will see the launch of a Qantas flight from London to Perth, covering a distance of 14,498 kilometers. “When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce in a statement. “Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.”

Until then, here are the longest flights in the world.

Longest flight by time

The Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Auckland (New Zealand) flight operated by Emirates covers a distance of 14,200 kilometers and takes 16 hours on the outbound leg and 17 hours and 15 minutes on the return flight.

Longest flight by distance

Air India’s Dehli (India) to San Francisco (United States) flight covers 15,140 kilometers and flies to the city on the Bay via the Pacific rather than taking the polar route. This move saves fuel and means that the aircraft can use the high-altitude jet stream to receive a boost in speed and takes two hours off the journey.

Longest international flight in near future

Qatar Airways’ Doha (Qatar) to Auckland (New Zealand) flight starts on February 5, 2017 and will cover 14,535 kilometers, becoming the world’s longest flight in terms of time.

Longest nonstop domestic flight

A Paris to La Réunion (France) route, operated by Air Austral, XL Airways, Air France, Corsair and planned by French Blue covers the 9,348 kilometers between mainland Franc and its overseas territory (département d’outre-mer).

Longest domestic flight over continuous territory

The Moscow Vnukovo to Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky (Russia), operated by Rossiya Airlines covers a distance of 6,803 kilometers, while the Moscow Sheremetyevo to Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky flight operated by Aeroflot covers 6,764 kilometers.

Trans-Pacific island-hopper

Honolulu (United States) to Majuro (Marshall Islands) to Kwajalein (Marshall Islands) to Pohnpei (Micronesia) to Chuuk (Micronesia) to Guam (United States) is a route covered by United Airlines flight 154 that takes 14 hours to complete the journey, thus preserving the legacy of the legendary air routes of the pre-war period when Pan Am flew between Alameda (California) and Manila by way of Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island and Guam.

Lydia Peirce