What Are The Longest Flight Routes In The World?


Qantas is looking to launch direct flights between London and Sydney. At 9,188nm the route is theoretically within the range of the new A350-900ULR aircraft, and would become the world’s longest flight. With this in mind Simple Flying takes a look at some of the world’s longest flights.

5. Dubai ✈︎ Aukland

An Emirates A380 landing.
Emirates operates the A380 between Dubai and Aukland. Photo: Emirates

Clocking in at number 5 is Emirates’ route between Dubai and Aukland. This flight is operated as EK448. While covering 7,668nm, the flight is scheduled to take 15h 45m in an A380. The route was inaugurated in 2003, meaning that the airline recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the route. In these years, the airline has carried over 2 million passengers on the route.

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer commented on the route “We’re thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of flying into Auckland which has become an important part of Emirates’ success story in the region. We would like to thank all our customers and industry partners in New Zealand for their long-standing support over the years.”


4. Perth ✈︎ London

Qantas B787
The B787 used to operate Qantas’ Perth to London route. Photo: Qantas

Qantas comes in at 4th place with its Perth to London route. QF9 travels a total of 7,829nm. The flight is scheduled to take 17h 20m, and happens to be the first direct flight between Australia and Europe. The flight itself launched on 24th March to much fanfare.

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas commented at the occasion “The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap”. Before going on to add “This is hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky”.

3. Doha ✈︎ Aukland

Qatar 777
Also operating to Aukland is Qatar’s Doha service. Photo: Qatar

This flight travels marginally further than the Perth to London service, however the flight actually takes less time. Taking off at 02:35, QR920 is scheduled to take 16h 30m before landing at 04:05 in Aukland. The flight is operated using a B777 aircraft, covering a total of 7,848nm.


2. Delhi ✈︎ San Francisco

Air India holds the second longest flight route award with its Delhi to San Francisco route. When Air India operates the flight with its pacific ocean routing towards Delhi, the flight clocks in at 8,285nm. Air India has scheduled 16h 10m for the flight, however, Google Flight statistics show that AI183 is often delayed by over 30 minutes.

1. Singapore ✈︎ New York

Singapore A350
Singapore Airlines is the launch customer of the A350-900ULR. Photo: Singapore Airlines

While not launching until October 11th, flight SQ22 will be the worlds longest flight when it does finally launch. Singapore Airlines will be operating the route with its new Airbus aircraft. The A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) has a range of 9,700nm. SQ22 is scheduled to cover a distance of 8,285nm in 18h 25m from Singapore to Newark in New York. The flights will launch with a frequency of three times a week, before becoming daily when the airline’s second aircraft is delivered.