For the return, Qantas 8 needs to stop in Brisbane since it truly pushes the limits of the jumbo Boeing aircraft. After a refuel and shifting of some passengers, it then makes its way on to Sydney.
Incidentally, the second place for longest flight is Delta's route from Johannesburg to Atlanta and, due to wind currents, it spends about 90 minutes longer in the sky than the Qantas flight. At just 5 minutes shy of 17 hours, this is the longest scheduled duration of any flight in the world currently.
The shortest flight belongs to Scottish airline, Loganair. Its service from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands spans a total of 1.7 miles and spends about 2 minutes in the air.
If you're looking for second best on this, look no further than Maya Island Air in Belize. Their 2.4-mile island-hopper flight from Caye Chapel to Caye Caulker ferries paradise seekers from blue water to even bluer water in the Caribbean.
Have you flown on one of these superlative flights yet?