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Top 10 Longest Flights Of The World – 2016 Edition

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Back in 2014, Experience The Skies crowned (News – September 30, 2014) Qantas Airways (QF) with the title of the world’s longest flight for its Sydney Airport (SYD) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) route. This will be eclipsed by Emirates on March 1, 2016. What are the world’s longest flights in 2016?

 

Longest Flights

The current longest non stop flight has a distance of 8,569 miles (13,790 km / 7,445 nautical miles). Qantas Airways will keep its crown for one more week as Emirates’ has plans to start service between Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Auckland Airport (AKL) on March 1, 2016.

 

Flight Details

This will be Emirates‘ first non-stop flight to New Zealand. This service will supplement the three daily one-stop Airbus A380 flights from Sydney, Australia.

World's Longest Flights Emirates Dubai to Auckland
World’s Longest Flights Emirates Dubai to Auckland (March 1, 2016)

 

The flight details are listed below:

The outbound flight will leave mid morning from Dubai and will arrive around the same time in Auckland. The late morning arrival time will allow for domestic connections with partner Jetstar. The Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will park for almost 11 hours before departing for Dubai at 2130 (930pm). The early morning arrival time in UAE will facilitate easier connections to Indian, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

A Boeing 777-200LR will be use for this historic route. The aircraft has three class configuration (First, Business and Economy) with a total of 266 seats.

World's Longest Flights Emirates Dubai to Auckland Aircraft Details
World’s Longest Flights Emirates Dubai to Auckland Aircraft Details
Disclaimer: 1 inch = 2.54 cm

First class features individual open suites that can be transformed into a lie flat bed. Business class uses older generation seats that can be extended into an angle flat position (i.e. bed position will be at an angle). Economy class passengers will be treated with a seat with a higher pitch on average than some of the North American carriers. If you’re looking to fly Business class but you’re worried about the cost, check out https://flightfactory.co.za for cheap flights.

Analysis

Operations

Emirates’ stay at the top may not last a very long time. Airbus is developing an ultra long range version of its new A350-900 aircraft for Singapore Airlines. This new version is capable of flying between the airline’s hub at Changi Airport (SIN) to New York JFK International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) non stop (News – October 13, 2015). Singapore Airlines looks to take delivery of this variant from 2018/9 onwards.

Competition

Both United Airlines (UA) and Qatar Airways (QR) made the top 10 list in 2016 with new flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) and from Doha International Airport (DOH) to LAX. They will land in fourth and ninth place on the chart.

 

The top 10 longest non stop flights in 2016 are as follows (including routes announced by not yet started):

AIRLINE FLIGHT ROUTE AIRCRAFT START DATE
1 Emirates EK448 Dubai (DXB) > Auckland (AKL) Boeing 777-200LR Mar 2016
2 Emirates EK251 Dubai (DXB) > Panama City (PTY) Boeing 777-200LR End of 2016 / Early 2017
3 Qantas Airways QF8 Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) > Sydney (SYD) Airbus A380-800 Sep 2014
4 United Airlines UA 1 San Francisco (SFO) > Singapore (SIN) Boeing 787-9 Jun 2016
5 Delta Air Lines DL201 Johannesburg (JNB) > Atlanta (ATL) Boeing 777-200LR Jun 2009
6 Etihad Airways EY171 Abu Dhabi (AUH) > Los Angeles (LAX) Boeing 777-200LR Jun 2014
7 Emirates EK215 Dubai (DXB) > Los Angeles (LAX) Airbus A380-800 Oct 2008
8 Saudia SV41 Jeddah (JED) > Los Angeles (LAX) Boeing 777-300ER Mar 2014
9 Qatar Airways QR739 Doha (DOH) > Los Angeles (LAX) Boeing 777-200LR Jan 2016
10 Emirates EK211 Dubai (DXB) > Houston (IAH) Airbus A380-800 Dec 2007

 

Flight details from Great Circle Mapper (1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.852 km = 1.151 mile):

From To Initial
Heading
Magnetic
Heading
Distance
DXB AKL 118° (SE) 116° (SE) 7,668 nm
DXB PTY 302° (NW) 300° (NW) 7,463 nm
DFW SYD 249° (W) 245° (SW) 7,454 nm
SFO SIN 301° (NW) 288° (W) 7,339 nm
JNB ATL 295° (NW) 313° (NW) 7,333 nm
AUH LAX 353° (N) 351° (N) 7,291 nm
DXB LAX 354° (N) 352° (N) 7,246 nm
JED LAX 339° (N) 335° (NW) 7,240 nm
DOH LAX 350° (N) 348° (N) 7,217 nm
DXB IAH 331° (NW) 329° (NW) 7,097 nm
Top 10 Longest Flights 2016 Edition
Top 10 Longest Flights 2016 Edition
Source: Great Circle Mapper

 

Observations:

  • Boeing aircrafts are used for 80% of the routes
  • Middle Eastern airlines operate 80% of the routes mainly due to its geographic location connecting passengers
  • The oldest route in the top 10 is less than 8 years old. This trend will continue as the new Airbus A350-900ULR comes online starting in 2018 (News)
  • United Airlines will take over as the US carrier with the longest flight in the top 10 starting on June 1 (News)

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