How Long Can You Sit? These are the 26 Flights That Travel Over 8000 Miles

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?

Between And Miles Airline(s)
Newark <–> Singapore 9534 Singapore
Auckland <–> Doha 9032 Qatar
Perth <–> London Heathrow 9009 Qantas
Auckland <–> Dubai 8824 Emirates
Los Angeles <–> Singapore 8770 Singapore
Houston <–> Sydney 8596 United
Dallas Fort-Worth <–> Sydney 8578 Qantas
New York JFK <–> Manila 8520 Philippine
San Francisco <–> Singapore 8446 Singapore, United
Atlanta <–> Johannesburg 8439 Delta
Los Angeles <–> Abu Dhabi 8390 Etihad
Los Angeles <–> Dubai 8339 Emirates
Los Angeles <–> Jeddah 8332 Saudia
Los Angeles <–> Doha 8306 Qatar
Toronto <–> Manila 8221 Philippine
Vancouver <–> Melbourne 8192 Air Canada
Dubai <–> Houston 8168 Emirates
Dallas Fort-Worth <–> Hong Kong 8123 American
Washington Dulles <–> Hong Kong 8153 Cathay
San Francisco <–> Dubai 8103 Emirates
New York JFK <–> Hong Kong 8072 Cathay
Newark <–> Hong Kong 8065 Cathay, United
Houston <–> Doha 8048 Qatar
Dallas Fort-Worth <–> Dubai 8040 Emirates
Mexico City <–> Shanghai 8026 Aeromexico
New York JFK <–> Guangzhou 8002 China Southern

About Gary Leff

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  1. I’ve done one of those trips. It didn’t seem so bad at the time…even in a middle seat in economy (but bulkhead exit row). Though my feet did swell up…

  2. I have taken 3 of the above routes multiple times and absolutely loved it each time whether in economy, premium economy, or business class. I must say that the best of these flights by far though was the Qatar Airways DOH-AKL flight which until about 2 months ago was the best. Qatar Airways has the best business class in the skies and I truly enjoyed the 777-200LR seat even though it is in a 2-2-2 config. It hard product was super comfy, and the soft product was phenomenal with an amazing crew, great bedding, and some of the best food in the sky.

  3. Thai dropped it’s Bangkok JFK flight not because of fuel. After all making an intermittent stop in Japan actually requires more fuel. If the cost of the fuel is the problem then you can cover it with a fuel surcharge and if you still have the passengers no problem. People I knew who flew on this route said it was always packed.
    The problem is otherwise. In Thailand certain military ranks and above as well as government officials (currently the same thing) are allowed to fly free with their families on this airline. This was a popular route for many of them so Thai found themselves making a thumping great loss flying so many for free and dropped the route.

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