What was the world’s longest commercial flight came to an end. Singapore Airlines just discontinued their non-stop flight from Singapore to New York (Newark). It was a monster at nearly 19 hours. According to Wikipedia, this flight was so long that the airline installed special lockers for corpses in the event of tragedy aboard the aircraft.
Since the airline also discontinued their Singapore-Los Angeles flight, the new longest distance flight is now owned by Qantas flying Sydney to Dallas, comparatively tame at a little more than 15 hours. For avgeeks who just love to be in the air, consider Delta Air Line’s flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta. While the distance is about a hundred miles less than Qantas, it actually takes almost 17 hours. For those who are curious, flights from Dubai to the U.S. also are generally longer than the Qantas flight in terms of hours, as are many other flights primarily to Asia.
So, the distance winner is Qantas while the time in the sky winner is Delta. Regardless, all of these flights have to be downright painful sitting in an economy middle seat in the back.