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10 Longest Business Class Flights

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Have you ever wondered how to get from the point A to the point B without having to cover the distance that lies between them, especially if the footage is measured in thousands of miles? Take business class flights, and 15, 16, or even 17 hours spent on a nonstop flight will be child’s play! Let’s see what are the longest business class flights, and why flying long-haul business class is better than spending even the tiniest of the minutes at the dentist’s office.

1# Qatar Airways: Doha, Qatar – Auckland, New Zealand

Length: 9,032 miles

Duration: 17 hours 30 minutes

The record-breaking Qatar Airways Doha to Auckland business class flight makes passengers lament their plane landing. More than 17 hours spent in a moody cabin reclining in 2-2-2 configured, fully flat, privacy and comfort ensuring seats whilst waiting for Dine on Demand service to deliver some of the meals, included in their refined menus, or a flight attendant to bring warm and soft onboard pyjamas is an experience that mustn’t have an expiry date!

A puzzle to solve! The world of aviation is feuding over which is the longest flight in the world –  Qatar Airways Doha to Auckland flight or Air India Delhi to San Francisco flight. If the latter covers 9,408 miles distance, how it comes that the former, 9,032 miles long flight, holds the title?

2# Emirates Airlines: Dubai, the UAE – Auckland, New Zealand

Length: 8,824 miles

Duration: 17 hours 25 minutes

All longest business class flights lead to Auckland, don’t they? At least the second longest most definitely does, and its passengers certainly enjoy it! And what’s there not to enjoy, when you can spend a flight in one of 42 lie-flat seats exploring extensive in-flight entertainment system, waiting for your multi-course meal to be served, surfing the free Internet, or simply having a home-like sleep. That’s right, nothing!

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Emirates Business Class Flight Dubai - Auckland. SkyLux - Discounted Business and First Class Flights

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Emirates Business Class Flight Dubai – Auckland. SkyLux – Discounted Business and First Class Flights

3# Qantas Airways: Sydney, Australia – Dallas-Fort Worth, the USA

Length: 8,578 miles

Duration: 16 hours 55 minutes

What is there to do during the 16 hours and 55 minutes in a place called Airbus A380-800? If you are seated in the business class section of this aircraft, you can do it all: order a meal from the menu designed by Rockpool, have a chat with Qantas Sommelier in the Sky discussing the latets in wine industry, take a nap in Qantas flat-bed seats, request turndown service. Any questions left?

4# United Airlines: San Francisco, the US – Singapore, Singapore

4# Singapore Airlines: Singapore, Singapore – San Francisco, the US

Length: 8,446 miles

Duration: United Airlines: 17 hours 25 minutes; Singapore: 17 hours 15 minutes

A feud alert! Which flight is longer, and thus should rank higher – United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Singapore or Singapore Airlines the same route reverse direction flight? As both cover 8,446 miles, the answer has to be hidden somewhere inside their business class cabins. Singapore’s long-haul business class flight is famous for its high level of service, extensive in-flight entertainment system, free WiFi; and United’s? Well, for being a complete justification of the aircraft’s name – Dreamliner.

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Singapore Airlines Business Class Flight Singapore - San Francisco. SkyLux - Discounted Business and First Class Flights

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Singapore Airlines Business Class Flight Singapore – San Francisco. SkyLux – Discounted Business and First Class Flights

5# Delta Airlines: Atlanta, the US – Johannesburg, South Africa

Length: 8,439 miles

Duration:  16 hours 55 minutes

Delta perfectly understands what being bored and tired means, and thus you’ll never be either of them on board of their long-haul business class flight. Want to watch a movie? Use your personal in-flight TV. Feel hungry or thirsty? Order some of their regionally inspired dishes or sip wines selected by professional sommelier. Have a dancing mood? Just get up and dance – every seat has a direct aisle access. Opting for a good sleep? Drift off on Westin’s Heavenly in-flight bedding.

6# Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi, the UAE – Los Angeles, the US

Length: 8,438 miles

Duration: 16 hours 55 minutes

There’s no doubt you’ll remember Etihad Airways 16 hours and 55 minutes long international business class flight as something delightful! Besides receiving the usual packet: flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, TV screen with in-flight entertainment, tasty meals; you’ll also be treated to a plush comforter + full-sized pillow, which will draw a grin on your face for days to come. Was there anything else to expect from an airline that places apartments into its planes?

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Etihad Business Class Flight Abu Dhabi - Los Angeles. SkyLux - Discounted Business and First Class Flights

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Etihad Business Class Flight Abu Dhabi – Los Angeles. SkyLux – Discounted Business and First Class Flights

7# Emirates Airlines: Dubai, the UAE – Los Angeles, the US

Length: 8,339 miles

Duration: 16 hours 15 minutes

Love everything luxurious? Take Emirates long-haul business class flight and treat yourself to more than 16 hours of luxury! Though, there are amazing flat-beds convertible seats and an array of exclusive meals and wines to enjoy, we still advise you to start your luxury journey by at least having a short look at the onboard bar at the front of the business class cabin.

8# Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia): Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Los Angeles, the US

Length: 8,332 miles

Duration: 16 hours 40 minutes

That’s true: 16 hours and 40 minutes spent on a nonstop flight is a lot to handle! Nevertheless, by starting a flight with a cup of Arabian coffee and dates, continuing it with a good movie or TV show, included in the in-flight entertainment system, and finishing it with a good sleep in one of 36 flat-bed seats, you can transform “a lot to handle” into “a pleasant long-haul business class flight”.

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Saudia Business Class Flight Jeddah - Los Angeles. SkyLux - Discounted Business and First Class Flights

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Saudia Business Class Flight Jeddah – Los Angeles. SkyLux – Discounted Business and First Class Flights

9# Qatar Airways: Doha, Qatar – Los Angeles, the US

Length: 8,306 miles

Duration: 16 hours 15 minutes

How does the best business class airline in the world operates one of the top 10 longest business class flights? It’s up to you to decide whether flat-bed seats with 180 degrees recline and screens attached to the back, the constant changes with the mood lighting to reduce jet lag, and the menu consisting of the tastiest meals qualify as the best.

10# Emirates Airlines: Dubai, the UAE – Houston, the US

Length: 8,168 miles

Duration: 16 hours 45 minutes

Do Emirates Airlines business class cabins need introduction? LED mood lighting, a cocktail, seats with a design similar to modern sports car, gourmet dishes, stylish amenity kit bags – these are only some of the features constituting Emirates business class flight. Traveling from Dubai to Houston on the board of Emirates is a 16 hours and 45 minutes long extension of this state-of the-art experience.

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Emirates Business Class Flight Dubai - Houston. SkyLux - Discounted Business and First Class Flights

10 Longest Business Class Flights: Emirates Business Class Flight Dubai – Houston. SkyLux – Discounted Business and First Class Flights

Nobody likes to spend hours stuck in an airplane; nonetheless, nobody enjoys layovers as well. Airlines are smart, and they’ll do anything to please passengers even rewrite aviation history by allowing you to reach the furthest destinations on nonstop flights, as well as achieve the impossible – make you pity your long-haul business class experience coming to an end.  

P.S. If you’re still interested in why Air India doesn’t qualify as the airline operating the longest international business class flight, here’s your answer: because on the return flight – from San Francisco to Delhi – its airplane needs two hours less to cover the distance due to tailwinds accelerating its speed.

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