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World's longest flights, revisited


With the continuing revival of air travel after the worst of the pandemic, but inflected by route changes caused by requirements to avoid Russian airspace and airspace over war-torn Ukraine, the avgeek favorite game of tracking the world's longest flights is seeing some changes.

The Points Guy website has been keeping an eye, and has updated its list, which finds not one but three Singapore Airlines flights at the head of the list—flights to Singapore from New York JFK, Newark and Los Angeles' LAX. The first two are over 9,000 miles apiece and scheduled at about 19 hours, though headwinds can increase that.

The current list doesn't include a few routes that are still suspended, such as Qantas's non-stop Perth to London route, or two new non-stops from the U.S. to New Zealand starting later this year for Qantas and Air New Zealand. Nor does it include the eventual likely champion when Qantas inaugurates its long-planned Operation Sunrise, flying non-stop from Sydney to London and New York, which is planned for 2025.

  1. Singapore Airlines: New York (JFK), to Singapore (SIN)
    9,527 miles, 18h 50m
  2. Singapore Airlines: New York/Newark (EWR), to Singapore (SIN)
    9,525 miles; 18h 45m
  3. Singapore Airlines: Los Angeles (LAX), to Singapore (SIN)
    8,759 miles; 17h 10m
  4. Qantas: Darwin, Australia (DRW), to London (LHR)
    8,613 miles; 17h 55m
  5. Qantas: Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), to Sydney (SYD)
    8,576 miles; 16h 45m
  6. Philippine Airlines: New York (JFK), to Manila (MNL)
    8,507 miles; 16h 55m
  7. United and Singapore: San Francisco (SFO), to Singapore (SIN)
    8,435 miles; 17h 00m (UA)/16h 40m (SQ)
  8. Delta Air Lines: Johannesburg (JNB), to Atlanta (ATL)
    8,434 miles; 16h 20m
  9. Emirates: Dubai (DXB) to Los Angeles (LAX)
    8,323 miles; 16h 20m
  10. Saudia: Jeddah(JED) to Los Angeles (LAX)
    8,317 miles; 16h 10m

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