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What are the World's Longest and Shortest Flights? 2014 Edition

January 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | ()

What a difference a year makes! Last January, we profiled the longest and shortest regularly scheduled commercial flights, with Singapore Airlines taking the cake for traveling from Singapore to Newark in 19 hours. SIA has since ceased these flights, making room for a new top dog.

As of November 23rd 2013, Qantas flight 7 now claims the title for longest flight, hauling passengers from Sydney to Dallas aboard a Boeing 747-400. From block to block, the flight takes about 15 hours, 25 minutes to fly from down under to the Lone Star State. The total distance traveled spans 8,578 miles, edging out the second longest flight by a mere 139 miles.

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?

[Photo: Jaunted]

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