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Worlds Longest Flights

Worlds Longest Commercial Airline Flights 2014

What a difference a year makes. When we last profiled the longest regularly scheduled commercial flights, Singapore Airlines took first place for traveling from Singapore to New York in 19 hours. SIA has since ceased these flights, making room for other long long haul flights.

Worlds Longest Commercial Airline Flights 2014

Qantas - Sydney-Dallas - Flying time: 16 hours - Distance: 8,575 miles - Aircraft type: B747-400 The world champ by miles covered, QF7 from Sydney is operated with the newest extended range version of the iconic 747 which ushered in the whole concept of ultra long flights decades ago. The three cabin layout features 58 flat beds in business, 36 seats in premium economy, and 270 in economy. All classes feature the Aussie carrier’s trademark ergonomically correct seats, and for those who want to stretch their legs, there’s a self-serve snack bar. Due to wind conditions, the giant craft can only fly the route nonstop in one direction (to the U.S.). in the opposite direction, it flies Dallas to Brisbane, before continuing on to Sydney.

Worlds Longest Commercial Airline Flights 2014

Emirates - Dubai to Los Angeles Flying time: 16 hours, 35 minutes Distance: 8,339 miles Aircraft type: A380 The airline recently upgraded the equipment to a double decker A380, with 14 first class suites, 76 flat beds in business class, and 399 seats in coach. There’s also an upstairs cocktail lounge for premium fliers. Passengers in all classes get a generous baggage allowance and inflight Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity.

Worlds Longest Commercial Airline Flights 2014

United Airlines - Newark to Hong Kong - Flying time: 16 hours - Distance: 8,078 miles - Aircraft type: B777-200ER On this, its longest route, United has a fully loaded Business First section, with trademark flat beds, plus-size video screens with 150 hours of on-demand programming, power ports, and USB chargers. The carrier is also preparing to roll out overwater wifi connectivity for its transpacific services.

Worlds Longest Commerical Airline Flight 2014

Cathay Pacific - New York - Hong Kong - Flying time: 16.05 hours Distance: 8,078 miles Aircraft type: B777-300ER Marathon fliers appreciate that Cathay operates a virtual shuttle of super-long flights from New York to the Far East, three nonstops a day from JFK, and starting in March, one daily from Newark. Cathay offers cuisine influenced by top Hong Kong chefs, and in addition to award-winning first and business class cabins, a premium economy cabin that can take the sting out of sitting in coach.

Worlds Longest Commerical Airline Flight 2014

South African Airways - Johannesburg-New York - Flying time: 16.15 hours Distance: 7,954 miles Aircraft: A340-600 SAA flies this super-long route with a hardy four-engine Airbus A340-600, equipped with 45 business flat beds and 275 economy seats. In coach, a 2-4-2 layout lessens claustrophobia by reducing the number of middle seats.

Worlds Longest Commerical Airline Flight 2014

Qatar Airways - Doha-Houston - Flying time: 16 hours, 20 minutes - Distance: 8,016 miles Aircraft type: 777-200LR  Qatar shuttles between the two energy capitals with a 259-seat 777 with just two classes meaning that those who nab one of the 42 flat seats in business get a generous seat pitch of up to 78 inches, in a 2 2 2 seat layout. Coach class has 217 seats, also with above average pitch of 34 inches in a 3 3 3 configuration, and all fliers get amenities kits with eyeshades, socks, and other "essentials" for the long haul.

Worlds Longest Commerical Airline Flight 2014

Emirates - Dubai to Houston - Flying time: 16 hours, 20 minutes Distance: 8,168 miles Aircraft type: 777-200LR To Houston, Emirates flies the long range, 266-seat 777, which features 8 in first class and 42 in business. Oil tycoons will appreciate the “do not disturb” signs, personal mini-bars, and on-demand dining in first class; business class fliers get privacy screens and classy leather seat-beds with built-in massage. All classes feature “ice”, Emirates’ onboard entertainment system offering up to 1,500 channels of content.

Worlds Longest Commerical Airline Flight 2014

Etihad - Los Angeles – Abu Dhabi - Flying time: 16 hours, 30 minutes Distance: 8,390 miles Aircraft type: B777-200LR With this new route connecting the desert boom town of Abu Dhabi with L.A., Etihad is offering generous legroom in all classes: 8 First Class suites, 40 Business Class flatbed seats, and 189 Economy Class seats. For families, there’s a unique “Flying Nanny” program to care for the littlest passengers so parents can get some respite from endless pleas of “are we there yet ?”

Worlds Longest Commercial Airline Flight 2014

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