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These are the Top 10 longest flights in the world

These are the Top 10 longest flights in the world

The term “longest flight” typically refers to commercial passenger flights that are scheduled and available for purchase. These flights operate globally, serving various industries and purposes, and are operated by different types of aircraft.

They are characterized by their extensive duration and distance, connecting distant destinations across continents. Commercial airlines publish the details of these flights, including schedules and ticket availability, allowing passengers to plan their journeys in advance.

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According to the airline schedules data from OAG, we have compiled a list of the longest commercial flight routes based on their Great Circle Distance (GCD) measured in kilometers.

1. New York JFK – Singapore, (Singapore Airlines)- 15,332km

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It is the flag carrier airline of the Republic of Singapore with its hub located at Singapore Changi Airport. The Airbus A350-900 ULR can travel 15,332km between New York JFK – Singapore, which is the longest flying distance. The longest average flight time is 18 hours and 40 minutes.

2. Auckland to Doha (Qatar Airways) – 14,526km

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Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier airline of Qatar and is Headquartered in Doha. With a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, It has the longest flight distance between Auckland to Doha, at 14,535 kilometres, and the longest average flight time, at 17 hours and 35 min and it made its discontinued nonstop flight on this route on April 19, 2020.

3. Perth to London–Heathrow (Qantas) – 14,499km

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It is the flag carrier of Australia and the country’s largest airline by fleet size, international flights, and international destinations. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner travels 14,499 kilometres between Perth and london heathrow, which is the longest flying distance. The longest average flight time is 17 hours and 45 minutes. It restarts non-stop flights between Perth and London as of May 2022.

4. Dallas-Melbourne (Qantas)-14,468km

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The largest in terms of fleet size, international flights, and foreign destinations, it serves as Australia’s national airline. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can fly the greatest flight route of 14,472 kilometres between Dallas and Melbourne. The longest flight takes 17 hours and 35 minutes on average.

5. Auckland to Dubai (Emirates) -14,193km

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Emirates is one of two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates. Based in Garhoud, Dubai. The A380-800 can fly from Auckland to Dubai over a distance of 14,200 kilometres, which is the longest flying distance. The average length of the longest flight is 17 hours, 5 minutes.

6. San Francisco to Bengaluru (Air India) – 13,982km

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Air India is the flag carrier airline of India, headquartered at New Delhi. The Boeing 777-200LR can travel at a distance of 14,004 km between San Francisco to Bengaluru which is the longest flying distance. The longest average flight time is 17 hours and 40 minutes.

7. Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney (Qantas) – 13,804 km

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It serves as Australia’s national airline and is the largest in terms of fleet size, international flights, and overseas destinations. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can travel 13,804 kilometres between Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney which is the longest flying distance. The longest average flight time is 17 hours and 20 minutes.

8. Jeddah to Los Angeles (Saudi Arabian Airlines) – 13,409 km

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It is the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. The Boeing 777-300ER can travel at a distance of 13,409 km between Jeddah to Los Angeles which is the longest flying distance. The longest average flight time is 16 hours and 35 minutes.

9. Houston to Sydney (United Airlines) – 13,834 km

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It is a major American airline headquartered at the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The Boeing 787-9 can fly from Houston to Sydney over a distance of 13,834 kilometres, which is the longest flying distance. The average length of the longest flight is 17 hours, 55 minutes.

10. Melbourne to Los Angeles (Qantas) -12,778 km

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It is the flag carrier of Australia and the country’s largest airline by fleet size, international flights& destinations. The Airbus A330-200 travels 12,778 km between Melbourne to Los Angeles, which is the longest flying distance. The longest average flight time is 15 hours, 50 minutes.last minute flight deals

Note: The distances and flights listed here may change due to air route adjustments and airline schedule changes.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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