World's longest flight will see these human guinea pigs spend 20-hours in the sky

2019-10-16 14:45 -
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Think you can survive almost an entire day in the skies?

Singapore Airlines barely launched the world's longest non-stop flight route last year in October, and already Qantas is pushing the bench mark to possibly take the title. 

Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to New York is a mammoth 18 hours and 45 minutes. 

Qantas is looking to start-up a new route from the east coast of Australia to New York, as part of Project Sunrise - with the flight time expected to be almost 20-hours long. The flight will depart the United States on Friday and land in Sydney, Australia on Sunday morning.  

READ: Now boarding: Passengers ready for take off on the world's longest flight from Singapore to New York  

As part of their planning process, the Australian carrier has re-purposed its new Boeing 787-9s, turning it into a flying laboratory for the medical research, reports the LA Times.

AFP reports, instead of flying empty, 40 crew and passengers - mostly Qantas employees as tickets won't be available to the public - will fly hooked up to wearable technology that will monitor their vitals, including sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movement and in-flight entertainment. 

Pilots and the crew will also be monitored for additional data to help formulate the best work schedule for this kind of flight.

This one-of-a-kind research will show what kind of impact long-haul flights has on the human body, research that hasn't been done before.

The research will be conducted in partnership with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre and Monash University, and the data will also be shared with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority. 

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But there are existing flights that are very close in terms of time spent on board. 

Here are a few worth noting about the World's existing longest flights:

Infographic: The World's Longest Non-Stop Flights | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

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And just how much do these long-haul flights actually go for?

As an example, between 25 November and 31 December 2019, the least expensive* tickets on Flight Check and Flight Site on these routes are as follows:

  • Singapore to Newark - 18h45m

Flight Check: R18 379

Flight Site:  R14 818 

  • Auckland to Doha - 18h30m

Flight Check: R28 598

Flight Site:  R24 116


  • Houston to Sydney - 17h30m

Flight Check: R22 160

Flight Site:  R20 197


  • Perth to London-Heathrow - 17h20m

Flight Check: R16 750

Flight Site:  R16 024 


  • Los Angeles to Singapore - 17h20m

Flight Check: R10 542

Flight Site:  R8 924 


  • Auckland to Dubai - 17h15m

Flight Check: R23 664

Flight Site: R18 796


  • San Francisco to Singapore - 17h05m

Flight Check: R17 088

Flight Site:  R11 488

  • Los Angeles to Jeddah - 16h55m

Flight Check: R17 888

Flight Site:  R17 674

  • Johannesberg to Atlanta - 16h40m

Flight Check: R17 954

Flight Site:  R17 610

  • Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles - 16h30m

Flight Check: R17 488

Flight Site:  R17 838

*Price correct at time of publishing.

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