The 10 Longest Flights in the World by Distance flown


A Continental Airlines (CO) Boeing 777-200ER takes from Houston-Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH)I’ve been very fortunate to be able to fly almost at the drop of a hat.  I love very long flights (my friends think I’m weird, you may too) and have taken some of the longest flights in the world including the world’s longest, Newark, NJ (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) on Singapore Airlines (SQ) using an Airbus A340-500 (345).

These world’s longest commercial flights have been made possible with advancement in aviation and primarily two airplanes: The Boeing 777-200LR (LR is for Longer Range) and the Airbus A340-500.  The Airbus Web site states that there are 29 of these airplanes in operation and a total of 35 have been ordered.  It has a range of 9,000 nautical miles.  On the other hand, the Boeing Company says that the 777-200LR has a range of 9,395 nautical miles with a full passenger load of 301.  They’ve delivered 36 of the 56 airplanes that’s been ordered.  Don’t let these numbers fool you as the airlines can configure the airplanes differently so they can increase the range and they have.

Oh, I would be remiss if I did not mention the Boeing 777-300ER which is used by one of the airlines on the list.  Boeing has delivered 206 of the 408 on order.  The Boeing 777-200ER, the workhorse 777 is also on the list and allows these routes to be possible.  But enough of the numbers and planes, let’s get to the list.

I’ve compiled what is today’s top 10 longest commercial flights by distance flown along with the airlines flying them plus some more details.  Some routes which have been flown in the past are currently not being flown, such as Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to New York’s JFK which was flown by Thai Airways (TG) on an Airbus A340-500 so it was not included.

Enjoy and please add your comment below.  I’d love to hear if you’ve flown any of these routes, airlines and/or airplanes. I’ve flown #1.  #8 continues to elude me in either direction.  I’ve flown the #3 route, but made a stop in Sal Island using a South African Airways (SA) Boeing 747-400.  Flown #2, but made a stop in Tokyo-Narita using a Singapore Airlines (SQ) Boeing 747-400.

Top 10 World’s Longest Commercial Flights by Distance flown

Rank Miles Routing Information
1 9,539 Singapore Changi International(SIN) to Newark-Liberty International, Newark, NJ (EWR)
on Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
SQ22 SIN EWR 10:40a 5:50p same day 19:10 Airbus A340-500 (345)
SQ21 EWR SIN 11:00p 5:50a +2 days 18:50 Airbus A340-500 (345)
2 8,771 Singapore Changi International (SIN) to Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
on Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
SQ38 SIN LAX 4:15p 5:45p same day 16:30 Airbus A340-500 (345)
SQ37 LAX SIN 9:15p 5:35a +2 days 17:20 Airbus A340-500 (345)
3 8,589 Sydney, Australia (SYD) to Dallas/Ft. Worth International, Dallas, TX (DFW) on Qantas (QF)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
QF7 SYD DFW 1:25p 1:45p same day 15:20 Boeing 747-400ER (744)
4 8,448 Atlanta Hartsfield International, Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Johannesburg International,
Johannesburg South Africa (JNB) on Delta Air Lines (DL)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
DL200 ATL JNB 8:10p 5:15p +1 day 15:05 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
DL201 JNB ATL 8:45p 7:00a +1 day 16:15 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
5 8,335 Dubai International, Dubai UAE (DXB) to Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
on Emirates Airlines (EK)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
EK215 DXB LAX 8:20a 1:55p same day 16:35 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
EK216 LAX DXB 4:45p 7:40p +1 day 15:55 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
6 8,313 Dallas/Ft. Worth International, Dallas, TX (DFW) to Brisbane International,
Brisbane Australia (BNE) on Qantas (QF)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
QF8 DFW BNE 9:55p 5:00a +2 days 16:05 Boeing 747-400ER (744)
7 8,260 Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International, Bangkok Thailand (BKK) to Los Angeles
International, Los Angeles, CA (LAX) on Thai Airways (TG)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
TG794 BKK LAX 7:20p 9:25p same day 16:05 Airbus A340-500 (345)
TG795 LAX BKK 11:10p 6:40A +2 days 17:30 Airbus A340-500 (345)
8 8,164 Dubai International, Dubai UAE (DXB) to Houston-Intercontinental, Houston, TX (IAH)
on Emirates Airlines (EK)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
EK211 DXB IAH 9:50a 4:25p same day 16:20 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
EK212 IAH DXB 6:50p 6:45p +1 day 14:55 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
9 8,099 Dubai International, Dubai UAE (DXB) to San Francisco International,
San Francisco, CA (SFO) on Emirates Airlines (EK)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
EK225 DXB SFO 8:45a 1:45p same day 16:00 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
EK226 SFO DXB 4:45p 7:20p +1 day 15:35 Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
10 8,068 Hong Kong-Chep Lap Kok International Hong Kong (HKG) to John F. Kennedy
International, Queens, NY (JFK) on Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)
Flight From To Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Type
CX830 HKG JFK 9:30a 1:10p same day 15:40 Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
CX831 JFK HKG 2:55p 6:55p +1 day 16:00 Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
CX840 HKG JFK 5:00p 8:55p same day 15:55 Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
CX841 JFK HKG 10:10a 2:05p +1 day 15:50 Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
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