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16 longest non-stop flights in the world

Last updated on: June 18, 2014 13:54 IST

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When airport security, long queues and cramped seats make even a two-hour journey an unpleasant experience for many passengers, then imagine the plight of those who have to endure more than 12 hours on a non-stop flight.

Let's take a look some of the longest non-stop flights in the world.

Source: The Economist

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Image: A passenger plane arrives at Schoenefeld Airport, Germany.
Photographs: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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Hong Kong-Heathrow

Distance: 21,602km

Time: 22 hours and 42 minutes

Airline: Boeing

Overall rank: 1

Boeing launched a test-flight from Hong Kong to Heathrow airport in London in November 2005. This is the longest ever non-stop test-flight in the world.

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Image: Passengers sleep on makeshift beds in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in west London.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Changi-Newark Liberty

Distance: 15,263km

Time: 18 hours

Airline: Singapore Airline

Overall rank: 2

Singapore Airline's flight from Changi airport in Singapore to Newark Liberty in New Jersey, United States, took 18 hours of non-stop flying to complete the journey. The carrier discontinued the service last month.

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Image: Singapore Airlines cabin crew walk past check-in counters at Terminal 3 of Singapore's Changi Airport.
Photographs: Edgar Su/Reuters

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California-South Australia

Distance: 13,840km

Time: 23 hours and 23 minutes

Airline: Unmanned aircraft

Overall rank: 3

An unmanned aircraft flew nearly 14,000km from California, United States, to South Australia. This is the longest flight by an unmanned aircraft.

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Image: A view of Triton unmanned aircraft in Palmdale, California. Photo is for representation purpose only.
Photographs: Northrop Grumman/Alex Evers/Handout/Reuters

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Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth

Distance: 13,790km

Time: 15 hours and 10 minutes

Airline: Qantas

Overall rank: 4

Qantas's flight from Sydney, Australia, to Dallas/Fort Worth airport in Texas, United States, takes more than 15 hours of non-stop flying.

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Image: German backpacker Lisa Berkemeyer uses her laptop at the Qantas domestic terminal in Sydney's airport.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

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OR Tambo-Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

Distance: 13,527km

Time: 16 hours and 55 minutes

Airline: Delta

Overall rank: 5

Delta's flight from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in Georgia, United States, flies for more than 13,500km non-stop.

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Image: A view of Maynard H Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photographs: Tami Chappell/Reuters

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Heathrow-Barbados round trip

Distance: 13,504km

Time: 8 hours

Airline: Concorde

Overall rank: 6

Concorde's round trip from Heathrow airport in London, United Kingdom, to Barbados covered 13,504km. The flight was discontinued in August 2003.

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Image: The last British Airways passenger Concorde flight lands at London's Heathrow airport from New York on October 24, 2003.
Photographs: Stephen Hird/Reuters

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Dubai-Los Angeles

Distance: 13,412km

Time: 16 hours and 30 minutes

Airline: Emirates

Overall rank: 7

Emirates's flight from Dubai airport to Los Angeles flies for more than 13,400km non-stop.

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Image: Delayed passengers sit on a baggage conveyer belt at Los Angeles airport in California.
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Dallas/Fort Worth-Brisbane

Distance: 13,356km

Time: 16 hours and 15 minutes

Airline: Qantas

Overall rank: 8

Qantas's flight from Dallas/Fort Worth airport in Texas, United States, to Brisbane, Australia, flies for more than 13,300km non-stop.

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Image: Ticketing agents talk with travellers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Gapevine, Texas.
Photographs: Mike Stone/Reuters

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Dubai-George Bush

Distance: 13,140km

Time: 16 hours and 35 minutes

Airline: Emirates

Overall rank: 9

Emirates's flight from Dubai airport to George Bush airport in Houston, United States, flies for more than 13,140km non-stop.

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Image: Travellers at the Emirates terminal at Dubai International Airport.
Photographs: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

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Dubai-San Francisco

Distance: 13,037km

Time: 16 hours

Airline: Emirates

Overall rank: 10

Emirates's flight from Dubai airport to San Francisco, United States, flies for more than 13,000km non-stop.

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Image: Airline passengers look at a flight status board at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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JFK-Hong Kong

Distance: 12,983km

Time: 16 hours and 15 minutes

Airline: Cathay Pacific

Overall rank: 11

Cathay Pacific's flight from John F Kennedy airport in New York to Hong Kong flies for nearly 13,000km non-stop.

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Image: Members of the Skaneateles Bantam ice hockey team do a calisthenics drill to pass the time at JFK International Airport in New York.
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Newark Liberty-Hong Kong

Distance: 12,971km

Time: 16 hours

Airline: United Airlines

Overall rank: 12

United Airlines's flight from Newark Liberty airport in New Jersey to Hong Kong flies for more than 12,900km non-stop.

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Image: Travellers make their way through Newark's Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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Doha-George Bush

Distance: 12,949km

Time: 16 hours and 30 minutes

Airline: Qatar Airways

Overall rank: 13

Qatar Airways's flight from Doha in Qatar to George Bush airport in Houston, United States, flies for 12,949km non-stop.

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Image: A view of Hamad International airport in Doha.
Photographs: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

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Dubai-Dallas/Fort Worth

Distance: 12,936km

Time: 16 hours and 20 minutes

Airline: Emirates

Overall rank: 14

Emirates's flight from Dubai to Dallas/Fort Worth airport in Texas, United States, flies for 12,936km non-stop.

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Image: A plane passes in between the Emirates Airlines terminal, left, and a terminal dedicated for A380 aircraft, right, at the concourse in Dubai International Airport.
Photographs: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

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JFK-OR Tambo

Distance: 12,822km

Time: 14 hours and 45 minutes

Airline: South African Airways

Overall rank: 15

South African Airways's flight from John F Kennedy airport in New York to Johannesburg, South Africa, flies for 12,822km non-stop.

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Image: Passengers have their passports checked at a security screening location at JFK International Airport in New York.
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Los Angeles-Melbourne

Distance: 12,746km

Time: 15 hours and 50 minutes

Airline: Qantas

Overall rank: 16

Qantas's flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, flies for 12,746km non-stop.


Image: Travellers at the Delta Airlines arrival area at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California.
Photographs: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

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