Now boarding: A few of the world's longest nonstop flights
Don't mind 16 hours on a plane? These routes are for you.
Traveling by airplane can be a hassle. But for some, the actual act of flying is a true pleasure. These are the people that won't shudder in the face of 15-hour flight times. In fact, they might even welcome it. For them, the following list represents something of a holy grail.
San Francisco to Tel Aviv: United Airlines, 14 hrs 10 mins
The newest addition to the long-haul club, United Airlines is banking on the close relationship between Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, Israel's own flourishing tech community to keep seats filled. With three weekly flights already scheduled for this 7,387-mile trip, there will be plenty of them to fill.
Dubai to Panama: Emirates, 17 hrs 35 mins
The world's longest nonstop flight means 17 1/2 hours of airtime. This isn't all about human transport, either. The route plans to carry up to 15 tons of cargo transporting key imports to Panama, including pharmaceuticals, machine products and electronics.
Dallas to Sydney: Qantas, 16 hrs 50 mins
The former world leader in long-haul flights, Dallas to Sydney covers more than a third of the distance around Earth, some 8,577 miles. No wonder it takes so long. For those of you keeping score, that's enough time to watch 11 feature-length movies.
New York to Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific, 15 hrs 55 min
This is the longest nonstop flight out of New York, and it would be even longer if not for the fact that it takes a shortcut over the North Pole. Good to know the scenery is nice, since you'll need a lot of distraction while covering the 8,068 miles it takes for this flight to be completed.
Atlanta to Johannesburg: Delta, 15 hrs 20 mins
The Atlantic Ocean is very, very big, and Atlanta to Johannesburg covers most of it. That should tell you just how long this 8,449-mile journey will take.
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