Clay’s off to Texas for a short vacation and one of his biggest concerns was flying.  He’s one of those white knuckle fliers and he kept thinking that the 6 hours of travel time was worth it.  It’s only about 3 and a half hours of actual time in the air, but what’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on?   I’ve done New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco direct a couple of times.  It’s a little under 6 hours.  And I hate it.  It’s a long flight.  But there are plenty that are longer.  Much longer.

Here are some of the longest direct flights in the world currently operating –

You could jump on any one of three daily direct flights between JFK Airport in New York and Hong Kong on Cathay Airlines.

Or take South African Airlines between New York and Johannesburg.

Or fly Quantas Airlines between Dallas-Fort Worth and Brisbane, Australia.  All cover a distance of about 8-thousand miles and it takes 16 hours to get there.  That Quantas flight sounds about as good as you could ask for on a long flight with 3 meals, complimentary wine and a free self-serve snack bar.

Thai Airways has a flight between Los Angeles and Bangkok.  It’s 8400 miles and a flight time of 17 and a half hours.

Singapore Airlines has the longest flight in distance – 10,371 miles between Newark and Singapore.  Pretty luxurious too.  All the seats recline to almost horizontal and all of them have direct access to the aisle.  You’ll probably need to use the aisle a couple of times during your 18 hour flight.

The longest flight in duration is also on Singapore Airlines.  It’s Los Angeles to Singapore – 18 and a half hours.  Even though it’s a shorter distance, the Los Angeles flight heads straight across the Pacific and has to deal with a lot of headwinds.  The flight from Newark uses a route across the North Pole.