The list of the longest airline routes in operation is hardly a surprise, but what about theoretical routes? What is possible with more technical innovation?
The 10 Longest Airline Routes Currently Flying
Currently, the 10 longest flights in the world include:
- Newark – Singapore // 9,534 miles
- Auckland – Doha // 9,032 miles
- Perth – London // 9,009 miles
- Auckland – Dubai // 8,823 miles
- Los Angeles – Singapore // 8,770 miles
- Houston – Sydney // 8,593 miles
- Dallas – Sydney // 8,577 miles
- New York – Manila // 8,520 miles
- San Francisco – Singapore // 8,446 miles
- Johannesburg – Atlanta // 8,439 miles
New Longhauls From Air New Zealand And Qantas
Air New Zealand has already announced new service from Newark to Auckland set to begin next year. Qantas is also eying nonstop flights from Sydney to both London and New York, set to begin in 2022. While Air New Zealand’s new flight will only come in at #5, both “Project Sunrise” flights on Qantas would top the list. If Air New Zealand ever started Auckland to London nonstop service, that would take the #1 spot.
Looking Beyond To New Routes
A fascinating YouTube video by Half as Interesting asks what routes are theoretically possible…and also practical.
The video above is worth five minutes of your life to watch. A few interesting points:
The longest theoretical route based upon geography would be from Tangier, Morocco to Whangarei, New Zealand. That distance would be 12,500 miles and easily be the theoretical longest route. But with a short runway in Whangarei and low-demand between the two cities, that is not at all practical.
Any guesses as to two routes that would be practical? Both involve service between two continents that currently lack a nonstop link.
If you guessed South American and Asia, you’d be correct.
Brazil has a large Japanese population and a smaller Chinese one. A nonstop from Sao Paulo to Tokyo Narita would be 11,490 miles…surpassing even Auckland to London. But the true longest “practical” route in theory would be Shanghai to Sao Paulo, 11,516 miles.
What is the longest possible (realistic) route? Shanghai to Sao Paulo at 11,516 miles. Will it happen? I bet it will one day as aircraft continue to become more nimble and cover great distances.
Any other ultra-longhaul routes you would love to see?
(H/T: View from the Wing)