New world’s long­est flight

Chicago Sun-Times - - TRAVEL - Ben Mutz­abaugh

Emi­rates has bumped Qan­tas Air­ways out of the top spot for the cur­rent world’s long­est flight.

Emi­rates took over the ti­tle on Tues­day with the launch of its 8,819-mile non-stop route be­tween Dubai, in the United Arab Emi­rates, and Auck­land, New Zealand.

That bumped Qan­tas’ 8,576-mile route be­tween Dal­las/Fort Worth and Syd­ney into se­cond place, ac­cord­ing to flight-data provider OAG.

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines for years held the world’s long­est flight ti­tle for its Sin­ga­pore-New York ser­vice. The air­line scrapped the route in 2013 but says it will re­sume the 9,537-mile flights in 2018.


1 Be­tween Auck­land, New Zealand, and Dubai, UAE (8,819 miles): Emi­rates (Boe­ing 777). 17 hours, 15 min­utes (sched­uled) on Dubai-bound flight.

2 Dal­las/Fort Worth and Syd­ney (8,576 miles): Qan­tas (Air­bus A380). 16 hours, 55 min­utes on Syd­ney-bound flight.

3 At­lanta and Jo­han­nes­burg (8,434 miles): Delta Air Lines (Boe­ing 777). 16 hours, 57 min­utes on At­lanta-bound flight.

4 Los An­ge­les and Abu Dhabi, UAE (8,375 miles): Eti­had (Boe­ing 777). 16 hours, 40 min­utes on Los An­ge­les-bound flight.

5 Los An­ge­les and Dubai, UAE (8,323 miles): Emi­rates (Air­bus A380). 16 hours, 20 min­utes on Los An­ge­les-bound flight.


Emi­rates flies a Boe­ing 777 for the 17-hour, 15-minute flight.

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