You know what the worst thing you can ask a flight attendant is? "How much longer?!" Not surprisingly, they like it even less than your dad did, except they can't threaten to turn the plane around and go home.
But there are some flights that seem so long -- like, an-entire-effing-day-of-your-life long -- that even the most frequent of flyers can't always hack it. If you thought your long haul from Miami to Seattle seemed interminable, it pales in comparison to the world's 20 longest nonstop flights, ranked here by mileage.
20. New York, New York (JFK) -- Johannesburg, South Africa
South African 204 Aircraft: A340-300 Duration: 14 hours, 57 minutes Distance: 7,982 miles From November to March, the return flight is still a one-stop through Dakar, in case you were wondering how to get that souvenir Dakar Rally T-shirt without actually going to the race.
19. New York, New York (JFK) -- Guangzhou, China
China Southern 300 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Duration: 14 hours 17 minutes Distance: 7,998 miles Never heard of Guangzhou? Oh, it’s just a little city of ELEVEN MILLION PEOPLE that's described by some as "a suburb of Shanghai." Yeah. Eat that, Orange County.
18. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Etihad 161 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 Duration: 14 hours, 10 minutes Distance: 8,068 miles What Abu Dhabians who take this flight don’t realize is that they may spend another 14 hours at the TGI Friday's in Terminal C when their connection is canceled due to "weather issues."
17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Emirates 221 Aircraft: A380-800 Duration: 15 hours, 17 minutes Distance: 8,036 miles Oh, EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas? That’s cool. Perhaps you haven’t heard of a little building called the Burj Khalifa.
16. Doha, Qatar -- Houston, Texas
Qatar 713 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 Duration: 15 hours, 47 minutes Distance: 8,045 miles You’d be surprised how much people who don’t speak the same language can talk about oil for 16 hours; proving once again that the world's universal language is... money.
15. Newark, New Jersey -- Hong Kong, China
United 179 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 Duration: 15 hours, 38 minutes Distance: 8,062 miles Somehow it's six fewer miles to fly to Hong Kong from Newark than from JFK, but takes an hour longer. Huh.
14. New York, New York (JFK) -- Hong Kong, China
Cathay Pacific 831 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Duration: 14 hours, 39 minutes Distance: 8,068 miles Say you're sick of New York City -- the tall buildings, the foul smells, the wall-to-wall people -- and you want to get as far away as you can without having to change planes. Well, this is your winner. Except once you arrive, you’re in a city full of taller buildings, worse smells, and even more people.
13. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- San Francisco, California
Emirates 225 Aircraft: A380-800 Duration: 15 hours, 37 minutes Distance: 8,099 miles Spending 15 hours on a plane isn’t so bad when you’re on an airline with food that actually tastes good (no, really, like, it’s won awards).
American Airlines 125 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Duration: 15 hours, eight minutes Distance: 8,119 miles If you ever find yourself on a date with a girl who's not your girlfriend and see a guy who looks a liiiiiittle too much like Joey Greco lurking in the shadows, here's a tip: Hong Kong is very hard to navigate in a white Econoline van.
11. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- San Francisco, California
Etihad 183 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Duration: 15 hours, 13 minutes Distance: 8,154 miles Since SF isn't really in the oil business, and dudes from the UAE get plenty of sun at home, we're not entirely sure why they need a fast way to get to... ooooooooooh, right, cable cars. Duh.
10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Houston, Texas
Emirates 211 Aircraft: A380-800 Duration: 16 hours, 19 minutes Distance: 8,164 miles Since the inception of this flight, men all over the UAE have strangely started referring to each other as "you bastards!"
9. Doha, Qatar -- Los Angeles, California
Qatar 173 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 LR Duration: 16 hours, 15 minutes Distance: 8,306 miles For Latin American futbol fans looking for a quick, 16-hour jaunt to the World Cup in 2022, this will be a godsend. Until then, an excellent way for Qataris to learn how NOT to handle sprawl.
8. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia -- Los Angeles, California
Saudia 41 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Duration: 15 hours, 56 minutes Distance: 8,329 miles For frequent-flyer-status-obsessed Saudis, a fun way to make the world's largest mileage run would be to connect from here to Melbourne.
7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Los Angeles, California
Emirates 215 Aircraft: A380-800 Duration: 15 hours Distance: 8,335 miles If you’re hanging around LA on a Friday afternoon and get in the mood for a desert getaway, this flight will actually take less time than driving to Vegas.
6. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Los Angeles, California
Etihad 171 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 Duration: 15 hours, 39 minutes Distance: 8,387 miles If this flight had existed in the '80s, it would have been way easier for Garfield to get Nermal out of the house.
5. San Francisco, California -- Singapore
United 1/Singapore 31 Aircraft: Boeing 787-200 LR/Airbus 350/900 Duration: 17 hours, 15 minutes Distance: 8,446 miles If you love San Francisco's high prices and dense population of fantastic Asian food, but find yourself thinking, "This place could really use a hearty dose of humidity!" you can get to your dream city in a little over 17 hours.
Delta 201 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 Duration: 16 hours, 35 minutes Distance: 8,449 miles Hey! That's a long-ass flight.
3. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas -- Sydney, Australia
Qantas Flight 8 Aircraft: A380-800 Duration: 16 Hours Distance: 8,589 miles Imagine spending 16 hours in a middle seat between a guy with a Texas accent and a guy with an Aussie accent, the airplane equivalent of listening to a mash-up of Mozart and Skrillex.
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Auckland, New Zealand
Emirates 449 Aircraft: Airbus 380-800 Duration: 16 hours, five minutes Distance: 8,824 miles After a whole lotta sand dunes and futuristic architecture, some nice, green fjords seem like a welcome change. Also, plenty of hiking to do once you land to get the blood flowing back into your legs.
1. Doha, Qatar -- Auckland, New Zealand
Qatar 921 Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 LR Duration: 16 hours, 10 minutes Distance: 9,032 miles In the never-ending pissing contest that is development in the gulf states, Qatar just couldn't let the UAE claim the top spot. So here we have the world's longest flight -- for now anyway -- the only one in the world to top 9,000 miles.
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