Longest Non-Stop Flight
Beginning in September 29, 2014, Qantas Airways (QF) took over the duty of flying the longest non-stop flight by distance with an Airbus A380-800 (6 times weekly).
There have been many title holders prior to Qantas taking the rein. They included Singapore Airlines flying between Los Angeles (LAX) / New York (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) and Thai Airways flying between Los Angeles and Bangkok (BKK).
At 8,578 miles, QF 7 and 8 flying between Sydney (IATA Airport Code – SYD) and Dallas (DFW) would be the longest non-stop route served by a commercial airline eclipsing the previous champion – Delta Airlines’ flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Johannesburg (JNB).
The following are the flight path and facts for this flight:
The rest of the Top 10 can be found below (information taken from wikipedia – refer to this link for more information)
km (mi) [nmi]
|Aircraft type||First flight|
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth||Sydney||Qantas||QF 8||13,804 (8,578) [7,454]||16 hr 55 min
16 hr 50 min
|Airbus A380-800||29 September 2014|
|2||Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo||Atlanta||Delta Air Lines||DL 201||13,582 (8,439) [7,334]||16 hr 40 min†
16 hr 05 min‡
|Boeing 777-200LR||3 June 2009|
|3||Abu Dhabi||Los Angeles||Etihad Airways||EY 171||13,502 (8,390) [7,291]||16 hr 25 min||Boeing 777-200LR||1 June 2014|
|4||Dubai-International||Los Angeles||Emirates||EK 215||13,420 (8,339) [7,246]||16 hr 35 min||Airbus A380-800||26 October 2008|
|5||Jeddah||Los Angeles||Saudia||SV 41||13,409 (8,332) [7,240]||16 hr 55 min†
17 hr 20 min‡
|Boeing 777-300ER||31 March 2014|
|6||Dubai-International||Houston-Intercontinental||Emirates||EK 211||13,144 (8,168) [7,097]||16 hr 20 min||Airbus A380-800||3 December 2007|
|7||Abu Dhabi||San Francisco||Etihad Airways||EY 183||13,128 (8,158) [7,089]||16 hr 15 min||Boeing 777-300ER||18 November 2014|
|8||Dallas/Fort Worth||Hong Kong||American Airlines||AA 137||13,072 (8,123) [7,058]||16 hr 20 min†
17 hr 05 min‡
|Boeing 777-300ER||11 June 2014|
|9||Dubai-International||San Francisco||Emirates||EK 225||13,041 (8,103) [7,041]||15 hr 50 min||Airbus A380-800||15 December 2008|
|10||New York||Hong Kong||Cathay Pacific||CX 831
|12,990 (8,072) [7,014]||16 hr 00 min†
16 hr 15 min‡
|Boeing 777-300ER||1 July 2004|
|10||Abu Dhabi||Dallas/Fort Worth||Etihad Airways||EY 161||12,990 (8,072) [7,014]||16 hr 20 min||Boeing 777-200LR||3 December 2014|
Qantas Airways / One World
This flight was previously flown by a 747-400 daily (in a 353 seats 4- class configuration). Although it is now flown 6 times a week , changing to an Airbus A380-800 enabled Qantas to increase seat capacity ~17% from 2,471 to 2,904 seats per week. This is eventually turn into daily when demand meets supply.
The use of the A380-800 provides a fantastic opportunity for Qantas to re-enter one of the One World partner American Airlines’ major hub in Dallas. Inbound (QF 7) allows passengers to connect in Dallas to other US East coast and Midwest cities. The nighttime outbound (QF 8) flight picks up travellers from Central/South America, Eastern / Southern / Midwest United States and Canada. Arriving 2 days later, QF 8’s passengers can connect onwards to other cities in Australia and New Zealand.
The increased capacity and code sharing with American Airlines would produce more yields and ensure that the flight would be filled.
There are no non-stop flight from SYD to the US east coast direct currently. Passengers wanting to go to SYD would travel to the west coast and connect on flights from United Airlines (UA) and Virgin Australia (VA).
Star Alliance – United Airlines (UA) has non-stop flights to Sydney, Australia from its west coast hub of Los Angeles. It also serves Melbourne.
Virgin Australia works in partnership with Delta Air Lines (DL) to feed passengers on its Australian flights from the west coast.
Qantas is maximizing the use of its Airbus A380 and takes the crown for the longest non-stop flight title. This aircraft would be able to absorb Australian travel demands year around. To end this post, here is a video of the first touchdown into Dallas.