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Sometimes we take air travel for granted. The fact that we can, on a few hours notice, be jetting off to more or less any country across the globe is pretty fantastic.
That being said, not everyone can admit they’ll look forward to a 19-hour flight most of the way around the world (that’s right, NINETEEN hours).
It almost makes a 47-second flight seem pointless, right...?
Let us guide you through some of the longest and shortest flights around the world, and show you just how far air travel has come (in some cases, not that far at all…)
The World's Longest Flights
Newark > Singapore
19 hours, 9,536 miles
Having been discontinued in 2013, Singapore Airlines Flight 21 became the longest regularly scheduled non-stop flight in the world once again in 2018.
Cheaper fuel prices made this route viable again for Singapore Airlines, and now travellers can depart from Newark Liberty International and reach Singapore Changi Airport just 19 hours later. The return journey is actually around an hour shorter, so that’s comforting.
The newly designed Airbus A350-900ULR will operate the ultralong-range service and is generally cheaper to fly (and lighter) than the previous aircraft that covered the journey - also helping to make it financially viable once again.
Delhi > San Francisco
14 hours 30 minutes, 9,389 miles
Now, this is where things get interesting.
Air India services this 9,389-mile journey from India to the USA - a route that was previously covered in just 8,264 miles.
The Boeing 777-200-serviced route is now actually two hours quicker, despite travelling over 1000 miles further - the trans-Pacific route encounters drastically fewer headwinds than the trans-Atlantic journey, cutting down the journey time significantly between Indira Gandhi International Airport and San Francisco International.
It does, however, mean that Air India steals the title of world’s longest flight away from Qatar Airways with a rather sneaky circuitous route.
Doha > Auckland
16 hours 10 minutes, 9,027 miles
At a rather leisurely 16 hours and ten minutes, this flight from Qatar Airways’ home base in Doha covers 9032 miles in no time at all (17 hours 30 minutes on the way back is nothing to sniff at either).
When a flight could set you back upwards of £1500, you’d hope it was fairly sharpish too.
This route only launched in February 2017, so will likely hold the title of world’s longest flight until next year (ignoring circuitous routes and some airline disputes and, likely, some grumbles from Air India and the Delhi > San Francisco flight above)
Flight QR920 - operated by a Boeing 777-200LR - actually crosses ten time zones during its journey between Hamad International and Auckland Airports.
Auckland > Dubai
17 hours 15 minutes, 8,824 miles
As of March 2016, you can fly a non-stop Emirates service from Auckland in New Zealand to Dubai in the UAE - and with Dubai’s reputation for being the perfect stopover airport with its ample connections, much of Europe is now within reach for travellers from NZ with just one changeover.
The Airbus A380 is the aircraft that handled the inaugural journey, though regular ‘commuters’ will fly in a Boeing 777-200LR between Auckland Airport and Dubai International.
The Dubai > Auckland leg of this journey is actually a full hour quicker, clocking in at just under 16 hours. When you’ve been travelling for the best part of a day, every hour counts.
Dubai > Panama
17 hours 35 minutes, 8,590 miles
When it launched in February 2016, this route toppled the Dallas > Sydney route from the top of the tables when it came to the world’s longest flight.
... well, it was set to launch in February at least. It was delayed until March, and then pushed back further until late 2016.
Another Emirates-operated route, this also made for the airline’s first Central American venture - with Panama City, Panama your final destination after 17 and a half hours of consecutive travel from Dubai International to Tocumen International.
The World's Shortest Flights
Kegata > Apowo
73 seconds, 1.3 miles
Beyond any reasonable doubt, this is the world’s shortest commercial flight.
Tucked away in the heavily forested jungles of Papua, Indonesia, a British pilot called Matt Dearden operates a ‘local service’ that carries passengers over a valley that separates the two settlements.
Having carried fare-paying passengers over the years, Matt officially takes the title for world’s shortest commercial flight - he even made it onto Channel 4 in August, starring in TV show ‘Worst Place to be a Pilot’.
“Why on earth would I want to fly a big shiny jet”, he says. Why indeed.
Westray > Papa Westray
47 seconds, 1.7 miles
Okay, 47 seconds might be pushing it given that you need some pretty ideal wind conditions - but this is still the quickest commercial flight in the world.
It’s also a whole lot closer to home, with Westray one of the Orkney Islands in Scotland.
Serviced by Loganair and subsidised by the Orkney Islands Council, the route is also the official shortest scheduled flight in the world - and will cost you a modest £17.
Flights occur every day in both directions, except on weekends. In fact, in November 2016, the route serviced it’s millionth passenger - mostly made up of tourists, as opposed to the 90 residents of Papa Westray bombing back and forth.
St. Gallen > Friedrichschafen
8 minutes, 13 miles
Though a massively tedious 8 minutes in duration, this is included in our list because it’s officially the world’s shortest international flight.
St. Gallen Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland and Friedrichschafen Airport in Germany are separated by Lake Constance, meaning a typical journey would be a 40-mile drive taking the surrounding roads.
The twice-daily flight is serviced by People’s Viennaline and priced at just £40, and makes for a rather sweet and not-too-pricey way to take the trip instead.
Though admittedly, airport security does tend to cut out most of the time saved…
Kinshasa > Brazzaville
20 minutes, 17 miles
Another relatively tiny but still bum-achingly long journey makes our shortest flights list - because it is the shortest jet flight serviced around the world.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner carries passengers the 17 miles from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Brazzaville, the capital of the Congo.
This is also the shortest flight between two capital cities to be found around the world, and is only 4 miles further than the Swiss-German journey above.
Doha > Dubai
70 minutes, 235 miles
A surprise appearance for a flight that takes over an hour - and two airports that feature heavily in the list of world’s longest flights.
However, this makes the list as it’s the shortest route flown by the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380.
The Airbus A380, for reference, is more used to flying 8000 miles - it’s actually the aircraft that services the Auckland > Dubai flight that made fourth place in our list of longest flights - and could make the journey between Hamad International and Dubai International airports 40 times before needing to refuel.
Such heavy artillery is likely used because both airports serve ridiculously far-off destinations, and this is a commonly used changeover route to allow for journeys even further afield.