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World's 10 longest non-stop flights

Last updated on: August 14, 2015 17:37 IST

The world's 10 longest non-stop flights criss-cross the world, cutting down travel time and making journeys easier and comfortable.

Image: Emirates to fly the longest non-stop trip. Photograph, courtesy: Emirates
 
 

While the longest non-stop flight in the world will take over 17 hours, the longest domestic flight in India -- from Kochi to New Delhi -- takes three hours.

The top 10 non-stop flights cover a distance of 82,702 miles, connecting big cities across the world.

Take a look at the world's 10 longest non-stop flights...

Emirates

Rank: 1

Route: Dubai to Panama City

Distance: 8,588 miles

Duration: 17 hours and 35 minutes 

Image: Emirates' flight from Dubai to Panama city, to launch in February 2016, will be the world's longest non-stop flight. Photograph, courtesy: Emirates
 
 

One of the world’s biggest airlines, Emirates plans to launch services to Panama City from February 2016, making it the longest non-stop flight in the world.

The service to Panama City will start with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.

Currently, it operates four longest non-stop commercial flights.

Image: Qantas ranks 2nd in the list. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, these airlines operate the longest non stop flights... 

Qantas

Rank: 2

Route: Dallas to Sydney

Distance: 8,578 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 55 minutes 

Qantas is Australia’s national airline and has the record of being the safest airline as well.

Founded in 1920, the third oldest airline in the world flies to 20 domestic destinations and 21 international destinations in 14 countries. Qantas also owns the low-cost airline, Jetstar. 

Image: Saudia flies from Jeddah to Los Angeles. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

Saudia

Rank: 3

Route: Jeddah to Los Angeles

Distance: 8,332 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 55 minutes

Founded in 1945, Saudi Arabia’s flagship airline flies to over 120 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

The airline is the third largest in the Middle East in terms of revenue, after Emirates and Qatar Airways. 

Image: Delta’s longest flight takes 16 hours and 40 minutes. Photograph, courtesy: Delta
 
 

Delta Airlines

Rank: 4

Route: Johannesburg to Atlanta

Distance: 8,439 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 40 minutes

The oldest airline operating in the United States, started off as Huff Daland Dusters in 1924. 

The airline and its subsidiaries operate over 5,400 flights daily across 334 destinations in 64 countries. 


Emirates

Rank: 5

Route: Dubai to Los Angeles

Distance: 8,339 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 35 minutes

The largest airline in the Middle East, Emirates operates services to 147 destinations in 81 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Far East and Australasia. 

Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 500 international awards. 

Image: Etihad is the second-largest airline in United Arab Emirates.
Photograph, courtesy: Etihad
 
 

Etihad

Rank: 6

Route: Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles

Distance: 8,390 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 25 minutes

Founded in 2003, Etihad is the second-largest airline in United Arab Emirates.

The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to over 120 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States.

 

Image: Emirates operates four of the longest non-stop commercial flights. Photograph, courtesy: Emirates
 
 

Emirates

Rank: 7

Route: Dubai to Houston

Distance: 8,168 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 20 minutes 

Emirates is the seventh largest airline in the world in terms of revenue and the fourth-largest airline in the world in terms of international passengers carried.

The airline has a record for being profitable for the last 27 consecutive years. 

Image: American Airlines is the world's largest airline. Photograph, courtesy: American Airlines
 
 

American Airlines

Rank: 8

Route: Dallas to Hong Kong

Distance: 8,123 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 20 minutes

American Airlines, which started operations in 1934, is the world's largest airline in terms of passengers flown, fleet size and revenue.

The airline established itself by merging 82 small airlines through acquisitions in 1930.

Image: Etihad is ranked among the world’s best airlines. Photograph, courtesy: Etihad
 
 

Etihad 

Rank: 9

Route: Abu Dhabi to San Francisco

Distance: 8,158 miles

Duration: 16 hours and 15 minutes

Etihad Airways was ranked 9th among the world's top 10 airlines by Skytrax in 2014. 

Image: Cathay Pacific flies to 200 destinations. Photograph, courtesy: Cathay Pacific
 
 

Cathay Pacific

Rank: 10

Route: New York to Hong Kong

Distance: 8,072 miles

Duration: 16 hours 

Cathay Pacific. founded in 1946, flies to 200 destinations in 52 countries across the world.

The airline has been ranked as ‘World's Best Airline’ four times.

It subsidiary, Dragonair, operates to 44 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region from its base in Hong Kong.