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The 15 Longest Nonstop Flights in the World

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Up in the air

Flights are getting longer and longer. The world is becoming more interconnected, as airlines test out flights between increasingly farther destinations. That’s all well and good—non-stop flights are ideal for getting to your destination with as little hassle as possible—but it leads to some seriously long times in the air. As of press time, these are the 15 longest flights you can take. This list is in order of flight time, not milage—some flights that are shorter in mileage can have longer times, and vice versa, due to the rotation of the Earth and wind patterns. Plus, flight times vary for individual flights, of course.

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New York, New York to Sydney, Australia

Total flight time: 19 hours, 16 minutes

Mileage: 10,066

Airline: Qantas

Australian airline Qantas debuted this flight for the first time in October 2019. Perkins Center in Sydney actually conducted a study to assess the effects on people of being in the air that long—especially since Qantas plans on launching some even longer flights soon. Learn more about the longest flight in the world.

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Newark, New Jersey to Singapore

Total flight time: 18 hours, 45 minutes

Mileage: 9,521

Airline: Singapore Airlines

This was only the longest flight in the world for one year, until Qantas launched their New York–Sydney flight in October 2019. Fliers leaving from the Newark airport, the greater New York City area, would be on the plane for nearly 19 full hours before landing in the city-state of Singapore.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar

Total flight time: 17 hours, 40 minutes

Mileage: 9,032

Airline: Qatar Airways

This flight held the record until October 2018. Check out these things that airlines don’t want to tell you, but every flier should know.

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Houston, Texas to Sydney, Australia

Total flight time: 17 hours, 35 minutes

Mileage: 8,596

Airline: United

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San Francisco, California to Singapore

Total flight time: 17 hours, 35 minutes

Mileage: 8,446

Airline: Singapore Airlines

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Perth, Australia to London, United Kingdom

Total flight time: 17 hours, 20 minutes

Mileage: 9,010

Airline: Qantas

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Dallas, Texas to Sydney, Australia

Total flight time: 17 hours, 20 minutes

Mileage: 8,578

Airline: Qantas

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Auckland, New Zealand to Dubai, UAE

Total flight time: 17 hours, 5 minutes

Mileage: 8,824

Airline: Emirates Airlines

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Los Angeles, California to Singapore

Total flight time: 17 hours

Mileage: 8,770

Airline: Singapore Airlines

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New York, New York to Manila, Philippines

Total flight time: 16 hours, 50 minutes

Mileage: 8,520

Airline: Philippine Airlines

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta, Georgia

Total flight time: 16 hours, 50 minutes

Mileage: 8,439

Airline: Delta

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Dallas, Texas to Hong Kong, China

Total flight time: 16 hours, 50 minutes

Mileage: 8,119

Airline: American

How do pilots feel about long flights like this? Check out these secrets your pilot won’t tell you.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE to Los Angeles, California

Total flight time: 16 hours, 40 minutes

Mileage: 8,390

Airline: Etihad Airways

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Toronto, Canada to Manila, Philippines

Total flight time: 16 hours, 40 minutes

Mileage: 8,221

Airline: Philippine Airlines

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Dubai, UAE to Houston, Texas

Total flight time: 16 hours, 35 minutes

Mileage: 8,164

Airline: Emirates Airlines

These flight times might seem crazy, sure, but wait till you read these crazy requests real people have made on airplanes.