Longest Flight in the World

Move over Sydney to Dallas! You have been outdone!

Source: Emirates

Source: Emirates

If you want to spend 17 hours and 35 minutes in a 777-200LR, Emirates will take you from Dubai to Panama, a distance of 13,821 km (8,588 mi ) from 1st February, 2016.  The Panama (PTY) to Dubai (DXB) return trip will be a mere 15 hours 45 minutes.

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The aforementioned Qantas‘ Dallas service  is a touch under 17 hours. The third longest flight in the world is Johannesburg to Atlanta at 16 hours and 40 minutes.

My choice would be in Emirates Business Class for this distance! The 777-200LR has 42 lie flat Business Class seats with a 60″ pitch. Emirates cram an awful ten seats in a row in Economy -admittedly with a 33 to 34″ pitch which is better than many airlines but the seats are a mere 17″ wide. The narrow aisles leave a feeling of being very cramped. The plane also features eight First Class suites which will set you back $14425 for the round trip next March.

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What has been your longest flight? Mine by distance and time is Los Angeles to Melbourne 12,772 km which once took a whopping 16 hours 45 minutes gate to gate.

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  1. Avoiding the immigration / visa hastle and cost of transiting through the US is a good reason for flights to PTY, MEX and similar airports from EU and and now middle east. I expect such networks to grow for those who would want to bypass the US.

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