Around the world, widebody aircraft are typically used for long-haul flights. However, this is not always the case. While not often used for long-haul flights, narrowbody aircraft can travel quite a distance. Simple Flying decided to investigate.
Let’s start with the humble Airbus A220. At Simple Flying, we loved it when we got a chance to try out airBaltic’s business class on the three-hour flight from Riga to London. However, did you know that airBaltic flies the Airbus A220 all the way from Riga to Abu Dhabi? airBaltic’s flight to Abu Dhabi is five hours and fifty minutes long, covering 2,359 nautical miles. Don’t have time to read the rest of the article? Why not watch the video:
Heading slightly further afield is British Airways’ baby-bus, the Airbus A318. British Airways has one of these short members of the Airbus A320 family which it uses for one specific purpose: The BA001 service between London City Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy airport. While heading to New York, the service stops in Shannon, but the return leg is direct. The Airbus A318 flight clocks in at an impressive seven hours and twenty minutes, covering 3,017 nautical miles.
The longest flight of any Airbus A320 family aircraft is made by the Airbus A321neo. The flight between Manila and Sydney operated by Philippine Airlines is an impressive eight hours and 35 minutes, clocking in at slightly longer than BA’s transatlantic treck. The flight covers 3,371 nautical miles.
As you can imagine, being a turboprop aircraft, the ATRs can’t go as far as the Airbuses. In fact, the longest ATR flight is operated by Air Tahiti. This sees an ATR aircraft operate the 894 nautical mile route between Totegegie and Papeete in three hours and 45 minutes.
The longest Boeing 737 route flown by time was between Pune and Bucharest. This was Lufthansa’s wet-leased Pune service operated by PrivatAir. However, since the carrier filed for bankruptcy, it ceased operations. This service saw 2,852 nautical miles covered in seven hours and 40 minutes.
The longest Boeing 737 route by distance sees Copa Airlines flying their Boeing 737-800 between Montevideo and Panama City. The 2,941 nautical mile flight takes seven hours and twenty-five minutes.
Boeing 737 MAX 8
The longest of all Boeing 737 flights was flown by the Boeing 737 MAX 8, before it was grounded in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines accident. This epic flight saw 3,300 nautical miles covered by Gol Transportes Aéreos. The flight time was a staggering nine hours and fifty minutes in a single-aisle aircraft. Sounds cozy!
United Airlines operates the world’s longest Embraer E175 flight. This sees the 1,539 nautical mile trek between Madison in Wisconsin and San Francisco covered in five hours.
Air Canada, however, takes the biscuit when it comes to the world’s longest Embraer E series jet flight by time. The Canadian flag carrier covers the 1,822 flight between Toronto and Portland in five hours and eight minutes.
However, Widerøe has the longest flight by distance using the Embraer E190-E2. While only clocking in at four hours and twenty-three minutes, the flight covers 1,882 nautical miles flying between Bergen and Larnaca.
How about you? What is the longest narrowbody flight you’ve taken? Let us know in the comments!