Singapore Airlines goes for gold: The latest on the longest flight routes around the globe


Cape Town - Singapore Airlines recently announced they will resume their previous record-holding 'world’s longest flight route' between New York and Singapore, starting 2018. 

The airline said the relaunch comes following many frequent flyers' constant requests to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights, which was stopped in 2013. The flight stretches over a distance of a whopping 16 112km. 

Singapore Airlines are yet to announce the exact launch date of these flights, but when they take off, they will reclaim their position as the 'world's longest regularly scheduled commercial flight' operators. 

It seems as if this position is a rather sought-after one with major airlines seeking to own bragging rights to a world record. In the past few months, two other airlines - Air India and Emirates - have announced plans to launch 'the world's longest flight'. 

We can only look at the facts and currently, the two longest flights in the world are: 

Current record-holder
- Qantas (Sydney to Dallas) 
Distance: 13 804km
Frequency: 6 flights per week
Duration*: 15h 35m 

A photo posted by Aaron (@aaron_c08) on


Second-longest flight
- Delta Airlines (Johannesburg to Atlanta)
Distance: 13 582km
Frequency: 1 flight per day 
Duration*:  16h 20m 


However, there are many contenders hoping to claim the title first (even if it's just for a short while). These are the three prospective contenders hoping to take over the title of the 'world's longest flight' operator: 

- Singapore Airlines (NY to Singapore) 
Plans to re-launch
Distance: 16 112km 
Frequency: TBA
Duration*: 19h 


- Air India (Bengaluru to San Francisco) 
Plans to launch. READ: Air India plans to launch world's longest non-stop commercial flight
Distance: 14 000km
Frequency: TBA
Duration*: 18h 


- Emirates (Dubai to Panama City) 
Set for take-off in February 2016. READ: Emirates to launch world's longest flight route
Distance: 13 820km
Frequency: 1 flight per day
Duration*: 17 h 35m

Emirates Airbus A330 ?? Credits to photographer ??

A photo posted by @emiratespictures on



Whether all of these airlines' plans to launch the world's next longest route will take off is yet to be seen. 

In the meantime, German carrier Lufthansa has announced they will launch the world’s fastest broadband on board their European aircraft come 2017. 

READ: Lufthansa to launch 'world's fastest' in-flight broadband

* Flight duration does not always correspond with distances covered as flight routes often fly over different time zones. 

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