Booking the Longest Flights in the World

We are entering a new era of ultra-long-haul flights. New fuel-efficient planes, such as the Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-long-range) and the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, allow airlines to economically operate ultra-long-haul flights. The current longest flight, Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ A350-900ULR, takes a whopping 18 hours and 30 minutes and covers over 9,534 miles. That flight luckily only operates with a premium economy and business class configuration, because flying in economy class with only 32 inches in between the seats would be torture. 

Airlines are still going to try to push the limits of the aircraft to expand their ultra-long-haul routes. Qantas is pressuring Boeing and Airbus to develop an Aircraft that will be able to fly the 9,940 miles between Sydney and New York City, which would likely result in the first 19-hour flight.


 


1st- Newark to Singapore 

  • 9,534 miles (15,344 km)
  • 17 hours 50 minutes; 18 hours and 30 minutes
  • Airbus A350-900ULR with only Premium Economy and Business Class seats.
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for 92,000 Singapore points (Saver) or 135,000 points (standard). Premium economy is 70,000 Singapore points. 

2nd- Doha to Auckland

  • Qatar Airways
  • 9,032 miles (14,535 km)
  • 16 hours and 40 minutes; 17 hours and 50 minutes
  • Boeing 777-200LR
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for either 70,000 Qatar points or 80,000 American Airlines points. 

3rd- Perth to London

  • Qantas
  • 9,009 miles (14,499 km)
  • 16 hours and 50 minutes; 17 hours and 25 minutes
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for either 65,000 Japan Airlines points or 85,000 Cathay Pacific/Asia Miles. 

4th- Dubai to Auckland

  • Emirates
  • 8,823 miles (14,200 km)
  • 16 hours and 15 minutes; 17 hours and 10 minutes
  • Airbus A380-800
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for either 65,000 Japan Airlines points or one-way first class for 105,000 Japan Airlines points. 

5th- Los Angeles to Singapore 

  • United Airlines
  • 8,769 miles (14,113 km)
  • 17 hours and 50 minutes
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Bookable With Points– Roundtrip business class for 136,000 ANA points or 135,000 Asiana points (67,500 for one-way)

6th- Houston to Sydney

  • United Airlines
  • 8,596 miles (13,834 km)
  • 15 hours and 40 minutes; 17 hours and 30 minutes
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for 67,500 Lufthansa points, or 80,000 United, Aeroplan, or LifeMiles. (or roundtrip for 120,000 ANA points

7th- Dallas to Sydney

  • Qantas
  • 8,577 miles (13,804 km)
  • 15 hours and 20 minutes; 17 hours and 10 minutes
  • Airbus A380-800
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for either 55,000 Alaska Airlines points or one-way first class for 70,000 Alaska Airlines points. 

8th- New York (JFK) to Manila

  • Philippine Airlines
  • 8,520 miles (13,712 km)
  • 15 hours and 15 minutes; 17 hours and 35 minutes
  • Airbus A350-900ULR

9th- San Francisco to Singapore

  • United Airlines (Boeing 787-200LR) and Singapore Airlines (Airbus A350-900)
  • 8,446 miles (13,593 km)
  • 14 hours and 30 minutes; 17 hours and 20 minutes
  • Bookable With Points
    • Singapore- 88,000 Singapore points for one-way business class. 
    • United- Roundtrip business class for 136,000 ANA points or 135,000 Asiana points (67,500 for one-way)

10th- Atlanta to Johannesburg

  • Delta Airlines
  • 8,439 miles (13,581 km)
  • 15 hours and 19 minutes; 16 hours and 50 minutes
  • Boeing 777-200LR
  • Bookable With Points– Roundtrip business class for 120,000 Korean Airlines points or one-way business class for 100,000 Flying Blue (Air France). (Award space is extremely stingy on this route)

11th- Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi

  • Etihad Airways
  • 8,390 miles (13,502 km)
  • 16 hours; 16 hours and 45 minutes
  • Boeing 777-200LR
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for 60,000 Asiana points or one-way first class for 80,000 Asiana points. 

 12th- Los Angeles to Dubai

  • Emirates
  • 8,339 miles (13,420 km)
  • 15 hours and 55 minutes; 16 hours and 20 minutes
  • Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777-200LR
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for either 65,000 Japan Airlines points or one-way first class for 105,000 Japan Airlines points. 

13th- Los Angeles to Jeddah

  • Saudia Airlines
  • 8.332 miles (13,409 km)
  • 15 hours and 25 minutes; 16 hours and 45 minutes
  • Boeing 777-300ER

 14th- Doha to Los Angeles

  • Qatar Airways
  • 8,301 Miles (13,367 km)
  • 15 hours and 50 minutes; 16 hours and 20 minutes
  • Boeing 777-200 LR
  • Bookable With Points– One-way business class for 70,000 American Airlines points