New World Record
On March 15, the Boeing 787-9 of Air Tahiti Nui updated its world record for flight length. It performed a flight length of 15,715 kilometres from Papeete (French Polynesia) to the airport of Paris.
The previous record belonged to Singapore Airlines from Singapore to New York, the flight length was 15344 km. But there is a small nuance, this flight was associated with the coronavirus epidemic and was performed once, but the Singapore – New York flight is a regular one. However, this is the longest non-stop domestic flight in history.
It should also be noticed that the longest flights do not have to be classified by distance between airports. Aircraft do not fly strictly in a straight line and therefore, if you take the actual distance of the flight, it often exceeds 16,000 kilometres.
For instance, let’s take a flight from Delhi to San Francisco - planes fly in such a way as to get into high-altitude jet stream, due to which it is possible to save fuel and travel time. And on this flight you can make the fastest round-the-world trip without getting out into space. But this is not it! There are even longer flights - up to 21602 kilometres, however, it is either planes being transferred from one place to another or charters with a minimum number of passengers.