A new king has been crowned! The Longest flight in the world is now Sydney (SYD) – Dallas (DFW) by Qantas – flight QF7.
The previous ‘King’ was Singapore Airlines’ Singapore (SIN) – Newark (EWR) flight – flight SQ22. Singapore Airlines ended this flight last week – November 23rd, 2013, ending an era and extra-long haul flights. SQ 22 came in at 9,534 miles. QF 7, in contrast, comes in at a mere 8,578 miles. Singapore Airlines had flown this route with a Airbus A340-500 in an all business class configuration. Unfortunately, it was not profitable for them and they ended this route. This also ended all non-stop Singapore – USA flights. Singapore Airline used to fly two non-stop routes. Other than SIN-EWR, it also operates Singapore (SIN) – Los Angeles (LAX), using an A340-500 too. That route was terminated earlier this month too. Singapore Airlines had operated both these routes since 2004.
Singapore – Los Angeles 03FEB04 – 20OCT13 (1 daily. SQ reduced service to 5 weekly from 01MAR09 to 30SEP10 and from 01MAY11 onwards)
Singapore – Newark 28JUN04 – 23NOV13 (Initially operates 1 daily. SQ reduced service to 5 weekly from 02APR09 to 18JAN10, 6 weekly from 01APR13 onwards)
I personally never had the opportunity to fly this route. The longest flight I have ever taken is Chicago (ORD) – Hong Kong (HKG) on United, which is 7,794 miles long. That route is also operated by Cathay Pacific.
Had you flown SQ23? How about QF7? What has been your longest flight? Leave a comment.