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Top 10 Longest Flight Routes in World 2023 by OAG

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In an increasingly interconnected world, air travel has become an integral part of our lives, connecting distant cities and bridging continents. As technology advances and aviation capabilities expand, airlines are continuously pushing the boundaries of non-stop flight routes, allowing passengers to traverse vast distances without layovers or interruptions. In this article, we explore the ten longest non-stop airline routes.

 Using OAG’s airline schedules data, our table of the longest routes ranks commercial flights by Great Circle Distance (GCD) in kilometers. GCD is a way of measuring a flight’s length, taking into account the fact that the Earth is spherical, and therefore the shortest route for a flight to take is not a straight line drawn from point to point on a 2D map.

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Top 10 Longest Flight Routes in 2023

1. New York (JFK) to Singapore Changi (SIN): Singapore Airlines.

Currently, the longest commercial flight that can be scheduled is from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to Singapore Changi. With a length of 15,332 km, this route has topped the list since 2021 and takes an average of 18 hours, 40 min.

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2. Newark Liberty International (EWR) to Singapore Changi (SIN): Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Changi is the second-longest flight route in 2023 and provides direct connections to other Asian nations and Australia. In fact, the Newark–Changi route is only 3 km less than the longest route, and during 2004–2013 and again from 2018–2020, this was the world’s longest route prior to Singapore Airlines’ introduction of flights from JFK to Singapore.

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3. Perth (PER) – London Heathrow (LHR): Qantas Airways.

This is the only route in our top 10 that features a European airport, with a scheduled flight time of 17 hours and 45 minutes, as Qantas’s Darwin to Heathrow route, which took eighth place in last year’s rankings, is no longer in service.

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4. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) – Melbourne (MEL): Qantas Airways.

This year, Dallas Fort Worth has consistently appeared on our monthly list of busiest airports because of its availability of connecting flights for Australian tourists to 193 US locations. The 17 hours 35-minute trip from Dallas to Melbourne is planned.

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5. Auckland International (AKL) – New York (JFK): Air New Zealand, Qantas.

This will be the first nonstop Air New Zealand route to New York, beginning in 2022. The flight is expected to last 16 hours and 15 minutes. When Qantas entered the AKL-JFK market in 2023, Air New Zealand faced some competition.

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6. Auckland International (AKL) – Dubai International (DXB): Emirates.

This flight was the longest in the world in 2016 at 14,193 kilometers, and it only took seven years for it to drop to sixth place on the list, showing how quickly things can change in the aviation industry! The journey is expected to take 17 hours and 5 minutes to complete, and it will land at one of the busiest international airports.

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7. Los Angeles (LAX) – Singapore Changi (SIN): Singapore Airlines.

On the list of longest non-stop commercial flights, Singapore Changi Airport makes its third and final appearance at position number 7, on a route that was first taken by United Airlines in 2016 and was at the time the longest scheduled non-stop flight from the US.

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8. Bengaluru (BLR) – San Francisco (SFO): Air India.

The  Air India travel to make it into the top 10 is the 13,982 km route from Bengaluru in Southern India to San Francisco Airport on the US west coast. Recently, they confirmed orders for 470 new aircraft to add to their fleet, including 70 wide-bodied aircraft, so keep an eye on this sector.

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9. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) – Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD): Qantas.

With a total distance of 13,802 kilometers, this route is the fourth on the list for Qantas Airways and will rank ninth in July 2023. In 2014 and 2015, it was the longest regularly scheduled commercial flight in the world. Due to the fact that this flight crosses the International Date Line, it arrives in Sydney two days after leaving. It takes off in the evening and lasts 16 hours and 45 minutes.

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10. New York (JFK) – Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL): Philippine Airlines.

This is one of two routes that appear in July 2023 that did not appear in the top ten in July 2022, the other being DFW-SYD. It will take the position of United’s Houston-Sydney route, which has been converted to a seasonal route and will resume service in October.

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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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A software error caused grounding the entire airline fleet

A software error caused the grounding entire airline fleet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines and subcarrier flights due to a software issue, disrupting travel plans for passengers.

The FAA directive, which prohibited the departure of Alaska Airlines mainline and subcarrier flights, was implemented as a precautionary measure following the detection of the software problem. The ground stop was initiated after Alaska Airlines encountered difficulties during a system upgrade related to the calculation of weight and balance for their flights.

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As a result, the airline opted for a temporary suspension of all its operations to address the issue and ensure passenger safety. Alaska Airlines promptly issued a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to resolving the matter swiftly. “This morning we experienced an issue while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.

Out of an abundance of caution, we requested a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights, which was instituted at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT,” the statement read. Passengers affected by the disruption voiced their concerns on social media platforms, prompting Alaska Airlines to reassure them of their efforts to minimize the inconvenience and expedite the resumption of flights.

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Following approximately an hour-long interruption, the FAA lifted the ground stop order, allowing Alaska Airlines and its subcarriers to resume normal operations. However, it was clarified that SkyWest, which provides regional service for Alaska Airlines and other carriers, was exempt from the ground stop and continued its flights unaffected.

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