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Almost 10 Hours: The Top 10 Longest Narrowbody Flights This Week

There are 113 long-haul routes by narrowbody (single-aisle) aircraft between November 25th and December 1st. That’s a finding based on analyzing all schedules using Cirium data, where ‘long-haul’ means any route 3,000 miles (4,828km) or more.


This article comes as Icelandair announced Detroit as its next US route and SAS revealed its return to JFK after a 32-year absence, both of which will use narrowbodies. Likewise, Northern Ireland’s Fly Atlantic if it takes off.


The 10 longest narrowbody flights

At 4,074 miles (6,557km), SAS’s Copenhagen-Washington Dulles is the world’s longest narrowbody scheduled flight, as detailed in the following table. However, if block time is considered instead, La Compagnie’s first, with Milan-Newark blocked at 9h 55m. Flightradar24 shows that La Compagnie’s first time is typically around 9h 15m, about 45m longer than SAS’s to Dulles.

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Note that the third longest, TUI Fly’s Sal (Cape Verde)-Helsinki, is part of a triangular routing: Helsinki-Lanzarote-Sal-Helsinki. And notice how, intriguingly, three of the distances contain references to aircraft (777, 742, 738), two widebodies.

Perhaps surprisingly, Copa isn’t present. That’s because its longest route (Panama City to Montevideo) is 3,385 miles (5,447km), far below the minimum to be included in the table.

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The table

Miles (km) Route: Nov. 25th-Dec. 1st Airline (flights) Aircraft Max block time Find flights
4,074 (6,557) Copenhagen-Washington Dulles SAS (1 daily) A321LR 9h 30m Click here for Copenhagen-Dulles flights
4,010 (6,453) Milan Malpensa-Newark La Compagnie (5 weekly) A321LR 9h 55m Click here for Milan-Newark flights
3,826 (6,158) Sal-Helsinki Tui Fly (1 weekly) 737 MAX 8 7h 50m Click here for Helsinki-Sal flights
3,777 (6,079) Brasilia-Orlando Gol (1 daily) 737 MAX 8 8h 15m Click here for Brasilia-Orlando flights
3,742 (6,022) Montreal-Marseille Air Transat (2 weekly) A321LR 8h 35m Click here for Montreal-Marseille flights
3,738 (6,016) Keflavik-Portland (Oregon) Icelandair (4 weekly) MAX 8 (3), 757 (1) 8h 0m Click here for Keflavik-Portland flights
3,728 (6,000) Buenos Aires-Punta Cana Aerolineas Argentinas (1 daily) MAX 8 8h 0m Click here for Buenos Aires-Punta Cana flights
3,726 (5,996) Lisbon-Belem TAP (3 weekly) A321LR 8h 15m Click here for Lisbon-Belem flights
3,697 (5,949) Oslo-Newark SAS (1 daily) A321LR 8h 40m Click here for Oslo-Newark flights
3,693 (5,943) Toronto-Faro Air Transat (1 weekly) A321LR 8h 20m Click here for Toronto-Faro flights
TAP Air Portugal Airbus A321

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

SAS: Copenhagen to Dulles

SAS has operated Copenhagen-Dulles since 2001, and it has since then seen the 767, A340, A330, and A350. The A321LR first appeared in February 2022 before switching to widebodies in the peak summer.

Now winter is here, it’s back to narrowbodies, nicely illustrating SAS’s use of its 157-seat LRs. They’re pretty premium-heavy, exactly what is needed for long-haul narrowbody service to offset higher seat-mile costs.

SAS A321LR

Photo: Airbus.

It leaves at noon

SK925 departs Denmark at 12:00 and arrives in Dulles at 15:30 local time in the examined week. Returning, SK936 leaves at 17:15 and returns home the next day at 07:15.

What is the longest narrowbody flight you’ve been on? Let us know in the comments.

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