On October 5, 1941, the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean ended in Wenatchee, Washington, 41 hours after the plane left Japan. Thankfully, transoceanic flights are much faster nowadays, though being stuck in a 1-inch coach seat for 17 hours may make you want to take up boating.
24/7 Tempo has compiled the longest direct flights in the world, many of which have only been running since 2016, with the advent of dramatic advances in flight technology.
New fuel efficient jumbo jets equipped for the super-haul flights between Australia and Europe or Asia and the United States have made direct flights between several major cities possible, and expedited access to some very popular destinations, such as the world’s fastest-growing vacation spots.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 are not only more efficient than older aircraft their size, but are also equipped with better climate control and pressurization to help fight jet lag. Some even offer first class lounges, showers, and private suites to take the edge off of the long flight.
These long hauls may not be the most popular international flights in the world, but they are ushering in a new era of more comfortable and convenient jet travel.
24/7 Tempo used numerous articles and press releases to compile the longest direct flights in the world. Flight times may vary and are dependant on airline estimates for a single direction of travel.