The World’s Longest Flights and What to Do if You’re on One

Trans-Atlantic flights, which usually clock in between 3,000 and 4,000 miles, have been around for a while—the first nonstop flight connecting Europe and North America took flight in 1938.

Nowadays, numerous nonstop routes between faraway cities reach upwards of 9,500 miles—almost 2,000 more than the Pan Am route four decades ago. These flights can take 17-plus hours to complete.

To take a deep dive into the routes that operate at such substantial distances, Bounce compiled a list of 10 of the longest commercial flights with nonstop service using data from the Air Miles Calculator.

How The 10 Flights  Stack Up

The two longest active commercial flights are routes between New York City’s international airports—Newark and John F. Kennedy—and Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Singapore Airlines first chartered New York to Singapore in 2004, with regular service between Newark and Changi. That route was active until Singapore Airlines shut down service in 2013 due to rising fuel prices.

The next longest route—the Qantas’ London to Perth line—notably connected Europe with Australasia via a nonstop flight for the first time in history when it launched in 2018.

Qantas has a long history of pushing the distance passenger planes can handle. The airline flew an Airbus A330-200 nonstop from Toulouse, France, to Melbourne, Australia. That flight covered roughly 10,000 miles and took over 20 hours to complete.

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What to do if you’re on one of the world’s longest flights

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