The 10 Longest Flights in the World

From New York to Singapore, and Perth to London, these are the longest flight routes in the world.

Airbus A35-900ULR Singapore Airlines Longest Flight
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Some people love air travel, but then there are the people who love air travel.

If you’re looking to maximize your time in the sky, you might consider taking the current longest flight in the world — just board a Singapore Airlines plane in New York City and disembark in Singapore 9,537 miles later.

But the longest nonstop commercial flight ever operated happened back in March 2020. Air Tahiti Nui flew nonstop from Papeete, Tahiti to Paris, traveling 9,765 miles, bypassing its usual stopover in Los Angeles due to pandemic-related travel restrictions in place at the time. 

While you won’t break any world records, you can still set your own travel benchmarks by booking a current prolonged flight. Here is the current list of the top 10 longest flights in the world that are in operation. They are ordered according to distance, since this metric remains constant, as opposed to flight timing, which can vary according to season, weather, and airport conditions at different times of the year.  

1. New York City (JFK) – Singapore (SIN)

Airline: Singapore Airlines

Distance: 9,537 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 18 hours, 30 minutes

2. Singapore (SIN) – Newark (EWR)

Airline: Singapore Airlines

Distance: 9,523 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 18 hours, 30 minutes

3. Perth (PER) – London (LHR)

Airline: Qantas

Distance: 9,009 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 20 minutes

4. Melbourne (MEL) – Dallas (DFW)

Airline: Qantas

Distance: 8,992 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours 35 minutes

5. Auckland (AKL) – New York (JFK)

Airline: Air New Zealand

Distance: 8,828 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 50 minutes

6. Dubai (DXB) - Auckland (AKL

Airline: Emirates

Distance: 8,824 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 5 minutes

7. Singapore (SIN) - Los Angeles (LAX)

Airline: Singapore Airlines

Distance: 8,770 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 10 minutes

8. Bangalore (BLR) - San Francisco (SFO)

Airline: Air India

Distance: 8,701 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 40 minutes

9. Houston (IAH) - Sydney (SYD)

Airline: United Airlines

Distance: 8,596 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 17 hours, 35 minutes

10. Sydney (SYD) - Dallas (DFW)

Airline: Qantas

Distance: 8,576 miles

Estimated Flight Time: 15 hours and 20 minutes

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