At 18 hours and 45 minutes, one of the longest flights in the world is from New York City (JFK) to Singapore (SIN). Some long-haul flights are so long that they are considered ultra-long-haul flights. These are flights that last longer than 12 hours. However, the direction that the airplane is traveling matters – as the same flight back to New York reduces that time by traveling against the rotation of Earth. Crossing the international date line has the greatest impact on the loss or gain of time.
The longest non-stop flight that I have traveled on was slightly shorter: from San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN), which took 17 hours and 25 minutes. However, on the way back to San Francisco, the flight was only 14 hours and 40 minutes. In fact, because we crossed the international date line, we gained time and arrived at SFO one hour earlier (on the same day) than when we left Singapore!
Long-haul flights can be daunting even for the most seasoned travel enthusiasts. As someone who has circled the globe multiple times, I've learned that the difference between an exhausting flight and an entertaining journey lies in the preparation and choices you make before and during the flight. Here's a comprehensive guide to mastering the art of long-haul travel.