Could You Survive These 10 Longest Flights?


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Long-haul flights may sound daunting at first, but the idea of traveling around the world in less than a day trumps enduring over 16 hours in the air. These 10 non-stop flights are considered the longest in the world for 2014, so sit back, relax and don’t forget to fasten your seat belt.

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1. Dallas to Sydney — Qantas


This may be a gruelingly long flight, but passengers do enjoy the comfort of Qantas‘ luxurious Airbus A380 with upgraded leg room, plenty of in-flight entertainment and a spacious cabin for your in-flight stretching routine.

Flight time: 17 hours

Distance: 8,578 miles

2. Atlanta to Johannesburg — Delta


Travelers flying from the U.S. to Africa have to endure over 16 hours of flying time to get to The Motherland. Johannesburg is the gateway to Africa‘s unforgettable safari adventures, surf spots and cities, so you’ll probably forget about the flying time immediately upon landing.

Flight time: 16 hours and 30 minutes

Distance: 8,439 miles

3. Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi — Etihad


Etihad Airways is known for its award-winning first class accommodations including flat-screen TVs and reclining beds that make this 16.5-hour flight from the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates’ coast much less painful.

Flight time: 16 and a half hours

Distance: 8,390 miles

4. Los Angeles to Dubai — Emirates


To get from a metropolis in the U.S. to one in the United Arab Emirates, you’ll have to endure one of the longest flights in the world. But when you fly into the most populated city in the U.A.E. and see skyscrapers blend with the picturesque Persian Gulf coastline, you’ll agree that it was worth the long haul.

Flight time: 16 and a half hours

Distance: 8,339 miles

5. Los Angeles to Jeddah — Saudia


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, may not be the most popular tourist destination, but it’s an ideal location for travelers looking for something a little different this year. That is, if they’re up for the 17-hour trek from L.A. to Saudi Arabian Airlines’ home airport in Jeddah.

Flight time: 17 hours

Distance: 8,332 miles

6. Dallas to Brisbane — Qantas


Escaping Dallas to arrive at Australia‘s beaches doesn’t come without a price. Travelers have to endure roughly 16 hours in the air, but the sight of Oz’s coastline upon landing makes it all worthwhile.

Flight time: 16 hours

Distance: 8,303 miles

7. Houston to Dubai — Emirates


Three of the longest non-stop flights in the world leave from Texas, and this Houston to Dubai flight on Emirates (the flagship carrier of the United Arab Emirates) is one of them. Although, the comfort and frills of their Boeing 777-300ER will take some of the pain away.

Flight time: 16.5 hours

Distance: 8,168 miles

8. Dallas to Hong Kong — American


The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just acquired its first non-stop flight to China this year, and it happens to be one of the longest flights in the world. Sixteen and a half hours of flying time will land you around the world in less than a day.

Flight time: 16.5 hours

Distance: 8,123 miles

9. San Francisco to Dubai — Emirates


The long-haul flight from San Francisco to Dubai is brand new for 2014, and San Franciscans are loving not having to travel to LAX for non-stop access to the City of Gold. Even better, passengers enjoy the comforts and elaborate entertainment systems of the massive Boeing 777-300ER.

Flight time: 16 hours

Distance: 8,103 miles

10. New York to Hong Kong — Cathay Pacific


This flight to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific isn’t just the longest flight leaving from John F. Kennedy International Airport, it’s also the tenth longest flight in the world. Cathay Pacific was named the Skytrax “Airline of the Year” in 2014, which is a huge perk when you’re enjoying their top-notch service and comforts during the 16-hour flight.

Flight time: 16 hours

Distance: 8,072 miles

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C, Mexico and around the world. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.


  • Very interesting ….. for Americans, but Canadians travel as well and I am considering a trip to Dubai, the info would have been welcome from Toronto or Montreal

  • The world is now available to those who can afford the trips. I have done Toronto to Dubai and return with Emirates and enjoyed the trip because of the economy seating being tolerable and the service very pleasant and friendly. I walked to the washroom many times for a wee chat to those in the line up did a few exercises for my legs,that helped make the trip.acceptable. I now live in Vancouver and cannot fly direct to Dubai but have done the trip via London. I may go the USA and fly direct from one of the airports there. This time I need plenty legroom so may have to pay more. Must get to see my son in Dubai again.
    Richard .L. in Vancouver

  • I flew many long flights like Toronto to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific (around 15 hours). I would love to try a flight on Quantas directly to Australia…

  • Hi Lise, this is just a list of the 10 longest flights in the world. If you were to travel from Toronto to Dubai, you may find yourself on the 14-hour-long flight from Atlanta to Dubai, but you could also have the option of a more desirable 8 hour flight to Paris or Amsterdam, then continue to Dubai. Not to mention you’d get that beautiful layover in Europe 🙂

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