The 10 Longest Nonstop Flights in the World Does spending 17 hours in the air sound like a blissful escape -- or a cramped eternity?

By Geoff Weiss

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Emirates Airline made headlines earlier this year when it announced it would operate the longest nonstop flight in the world -- a staggering 17-and-a-half hour expedition from Dubai to Panama City.

If that sounds like an unfathomable eternity of gaping at a tiny TV screen and wolfing down questionable meals, data company Statista has compiled a list of the 10 most excruciating cross-continental journeys currently available.

Check them out below:


10. Dubai to San Francisco

Airline: Emirates

Travel time: 15 hours, 50 minutes

Distance: 8,103 miles

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9. Abu Dhabi to San Francisco

Airline: Etihad Airways

Travel time: 16 hours, 15 minutes

Distance: 8,157 miles


8. Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong

Airline: American Airlines

Travel time: 16 hours, 20 minutes

Distance: 8,123 miles

7. Dubai to Houston

Airline: Emirates

Travel time: 16 hours, 20 minutes

Distance: 8,167 miles

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6. Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles

Airline: Etihad Airways

Travel time: 16 hours, 30 minutes

Distance: 8,390 miles


5. Dubai to Los Angeles

Airline: Emirates

Travel time: 16 hours, 35 minutes

Distance: 8,339 miles


4. Johannesburg to Atlanta

Airline: Delta

Travel time: 16 hours, 40 minutes

Distance: 8,440 miles

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3. Los Angeles to Jiddah

Airline: Saudia

Travel time: 16 hours, 55 minutes

Distance: 8,332 miles


2. Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney

Airline: Qantas

Travel time: 16 hours, 55 minutes

Distance: 8,577 miles

1. Dubai to Panama City

Airline: Emirates

Travel time: 17 hours, 35 minutes

Distance: 8,588 miles

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