United Airlines to Take Title of “Longest Flight”

While United Airlines already had the title of “longest non-stop” of any U.S. airline, the airline is staged to take the title of longest route of any carrier flying to or from the United States.

This is supposed to happen in fall when United plans to launch an 8,700-mile route connecting Los Angeles and Singapore. The service, which still must pass regulators’ muster, would jump past Qantas’ 8,576-mile Dallas/Fort-Worth-Sydney non-stop and United’s own 8,446-mile San Francisco-Singapore route to become the longest distance flight of any airline flying to or from the USA. In addition it would become the longest non-stop flight ever flown by an U.S. airline.

It also will become a contender for the world’s longest flight when measured by flying time. United’s projected time for the Singapore-bound portion of the journey: a whopping 17 hours, 55 minutes. This would top Qatar Airways’ stated flying time of 17 hours, 40 minutes for its 9,032-mile flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar.

A final feather in United’s hat is that it would be the world’s longest regularly scheduled flight on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.