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Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The World

Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:50 pm

I worked to compile this list and thought some on this forum might find it interesting as well!

Please chime in with other details that I may have missed or to correct something I might have gotten wrong.

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Having covered the Top 10: World’s Longest Flights, Top 7: Longest domestic US flights, the Top 10: Longest Domestic Flights in the World, the Top 12: Longest Non-Stop Delta Flights in the World, the Top 15: Longest Fifth Freedom Flights in the World, the Top 16 Longest Emirates Fifth Freedom Routes: Coming to a City Near You and the Top 14: Longest United Airlines Flights In the World, now’s the time for a look at the Top 20 longest Airbus A380 routes in the world.


According to official data from Airbus, the A380 has a range of 9,444 miles (15,200 km) with its 84,500 US gal fuel capacity. Let’s see how far they’re actually flying this behemoth.


1. Qantas from Dallas-DFW to Sydney-SYD (flight number QF 8 / QFA8 – click here to track) is both the longest route operated by an Airbus A380 and also the longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight in the world. The trip covers 8,578 mi (13,805 km) in 16 hr 55 min and carries up to a whopping 484 passengers in 4 classes of service.





2. Emirates from Dubai-DXB to Los Angeles-LAX (flight number EK 215 / UAE215 – click here to track) begins the 4-in-a-row sweep of Emirates flights to/from the US. Covering 8,339 mi (13,420 km) in 16 hr 15 min, this route also earns the title of 4th longest non-stop flight in the world (Top 10: World’s longest non-stop flights).





3. Emirates from Dubai-DXB to Houston-IAH (flight number EK 211 / UAE211 – click here to track) covers 8,168 mi (13,145 km) in 16 hr 45 min. Previously flown on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A380 service began in December 2014. In addition to being the 3rd longest A380 flight, it is also the 6th longest flight in the world.





4. Like #3 above, Emirates from Dubai-DXB to San Francisco-SFO (flight number EK 225 / UAE225 – click here to track) was also switched from a Boeing 777-330ER in December 2014 to one of Emirates’ beloved A380s. The 16 hr 00 min flight covers a distance of 8,103 mi (13,040 km).





5. Emirates from Dubai-DXB to Dallas-DFW (flight number EK 221 / UAE221 – click here to track) ends the 4-in-a-row Emirates sweep with a 4th US destination flight. Frequent travelers on this route got the upgrade from a Boeing 777-200LR to the A380 in October 2014. The course covers 8,040 mi (12,939 km) in 16 hr 15 min of scheduled flying time.





6. Qantas has been flying their A380 from Los Angeles-LAX to Melbourne-MEL for quite a while– since 2008. Flight number QF 94 / QFA94 – click here to track covers 7,921 mi (12,748 km) in 15 hr 50 min.





7. Etihad from Sydney-SYD to Abu Dhabi-AUH (flight number EY 455 / ETD455 – click here to track) covers 7,492 mi (12,057 km) in 14 hr 40 min. The service was started in June 2015, making it one of the most recent additions to the top 20 list.





8. Qantas from Los Angeles-LAX to Sydney-SYD (flight number QF 12 / QFA12 – click here to track) covers 7,488 mi (12,051 km) in 15 hr 00 min.





9. This route from Sydney-SYD to Dubai-DXB is a tie between Emirates and Qantas (flight number EK 413 / UAE413 – click here to track) covers 7,481 mi (12,039 km) in 14 hr 30 min. The Qantas route (flight number QF 1 / QFA1 – click here to track) is scheduled at 15 hr 05 min.





10. Emirates from Brisbane-BNE to Dubai-DXB (flight number EK 435 / UAE435 – click here to track) covers 7,442 mi (11,977 km) in 14 hr 35 min.





11. Etihad from Melbourne-MEL to Abu Dhabi-AUH (flight number EY 461 / ETD461 – click here to track) will cover 7,235 mi (11,644 km) in 14 hr 05 min when it takes its maiden flight on June 1, 2016.





12. Is a 3-way tie:


China Southern Airlines from Los Angeles-LAX to Guangzhou-CAN (flight number CZ 328 / CSN328 – click here to track) covering 7,231 mi (11,637 km) in 14 hr 50 min.


And also tied for 12th is: Melbourne-MEL to Dubai-DXB is another tie between Emirates (flight number EK 407 / UAE407 – click here to track) and Qantas (flight number QF 9 / QFA9 – click here to track). The route covers 7,231 mi (11,637 km) in 14 hr 05 min for Emirates and 14 hr 10 min for Qantas.





13. Korean Air flies the A380 on its Atlanta-ATL to Seoul-ICN route (flight number KE 36 / KAL36 – click here to track). Coming in at #13, the total journey takes 15 hr 10 min, covering 7,152 mi (11,510 km) of ground.





14. Korean Air from New York-JFK to Seoul-ICN has 2x scheduled flights per day (flight number KE 82 / KAL82 – click here to track and flight number KE 86 / KAL86 – click here to track) covers 6,906 mi (11,114 km) in 14 hr 20 min. Between the 2 flights on the monstrous A380, Korean Air offers a total of 814 seats per day between New York and Seoul.


Also covering the route is Asiana from New York-JFK to Seoul, South Korea – Incheon International-ICN (flight number OZ 221 / AAR86 – click here to track). It covers 6,906 mi (11,114 km) in 14 hr 30 min. The Asiana route seems a bit less desirable as they cram 495 seats on board each A380, 21% more than Korean Air.





15. Emirates from Dubai-DXB to Toronto-YYZ (flight number EK 241 / UAE241 – click here to track) covers 6,899 mi (11,103 km) in 14 hr 10 min.





16. Etihad from Abu Dhabi-AUH to New York, NY – Kennedy-JFK (flight number EY 103 / ETD103 – click here to track) covers 6,867 mi (11051 km) in 14 hr 05 min.





17. Emirates from Dubai-DXB to New York-JFK operates twice daily (flight number EK 201 / UAE201 – click here to track and flight number EK 203 / UAE203 – click here to track) and covers 6,849 mi (11,022 km) in 14 hr 20 min.





18. British Airways and Singapore Airlines are tied for the Singapore-SIN to London Heathrow-LHR, 6,765 mi (10,887 km) route. British Airways operates its A380 once daily (flight number BA 12 / BAW12 – click here to track) in 13 hr 50 min, while Singapore has 2x daily flights between the cities (flight number SQ 308 / SIA308 – click here to track and flight number SQ 322 / SIA322 – click here to track). The scheduled duration is 14 hr 10 mins. The 3x flights per day make this route the most heavily saturated A380 route in the world, offering 1,287 seats daily between Singapore and London on the aircraft type.


19. Singapore from Singapore-SIN to Paris-CDG (flight number SQ 336 / SIA336 – click here to track) covers 6,666 mi (10,728 km) in 14 hr 00 min.


20. Malaysia Airlines operates 2x flights on their A380s between Kuala Lumpur-KUL to London Heathrow-LHR (flight number MH 4 / MAS4 – click here to track and MH 2 / MAS2 – click here to track). The route covers 6,593 mi (10,610 km) in 14 hr 05 min.


 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:10 pm

Thanks a lot JMGRIFFIN, i enjoyed every little bit of it! better than gramma's cake..
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:14 pm

And I already found one that I "forgot" (I guess I didn't really forget it because it was just announced today!):

Emirates will begin flying Dubai to Washington-Dulles on Feb 1, 2016. This would put the route at #14 longest in the world, a total of 7,069 miles / 11,376 km.

[Edited 2016-01-11 12:16:26]
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:14 pm

You should really display the milage in NM rather than Statute miles. The reason I mention that is ground speed is normally displayed in NM/hour.
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:18 pm

Cool list, must have taken you a while so thank you for sharing your work.

Interesting that DXB-IAH is shorter distance but longer flight block time...
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:24 pm

Great! Thank you for your input!   
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:55 pm

Quoting worldrider (Reply 1):
Thanks a lot JMGRIFFIN, i enjoyed every little bit of it! better than gramma's cake..
Quoting N14AZ (Reply 5):
Great! Thank you for your input!   

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:33 pm

Not extremely surprising, but still interesting that routes #7, 8, 9, and 10 are all within 50 miles of distance to one another.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:58 am

Is the Dubai to Panama City route a 388, 77W, or a 77L? That will make the longest route but I forgot which plane they are using.
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:01 am

Quoting JMGRIFFIN (Thread starter):
The 3x flights per day make this route the most heavily saturated A380 route in the world, offering 1,287 seats daily between Singapore and London on the aircraft type.

Emirates operates five times daily and Qantas two times daily A380 services between DXB and LHR.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:55 am

Quoting JMGRIFFIN (Reply 2):

And I already found one that I "forgot" (I guess I didn't really forget it because it was just announced today!):

Emirates will begin flying Dubai to Washington-Dulles on Feb 1, 2016. This would put the route at #14 longest in the world, a total of 7,069 miles / 11,376 km.

Emirates is also puling out the 380s from IAH and DFW
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:15 am

@JMG

Cool job and thanks for sharing. Guess noticed, but in #16 should be JFK. But only minor from all your effort.

Quoting ATCtower (Reply 8):

It's a 77L route. 17h35min if remember correct.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:11 am

Interesting to read and a testament to the wonderful world of commercial aviation. Some very impressive figures there!
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:51 am

the 3 daily A380 ICN-JFK flights impress, maybe one day i will get the chance to fly on one of them, btw how many daily flights do KE and OZ operate to LAX?
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:22 pm

What about AUH-BNE with Etihad and vice versa? Also I'm surprised ANZ to LAX from AKL is not on there.
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:26 pm

Quoting kwidenka (Reply 14):

This route is a 789 not an A380
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:49 pm

Quoting kwidenka (Reply 14):
What about AUH-BNE with Etihad and vice versa? Also I'm surprised ANZ to LAX from AKL is not on there.

The list is for A380 flights and this route isn't operated by one.
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:01 pm

Quoting JMGRIFFIN (Thread starter):
12. Is a 3-way tie:

Crazy that there is a 3-way tie, down to the exact mile when talking about distances of 7,200 miles! I would have been shocked if there was a 2-way tie...but a 3-way time floors me.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:31 pm

Quoting CBRboy (Reply 9):
Emirates operates five times daily and Qantas two times daily A380 services between DXB and LHR.

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll update the list. It seems as though DXBLHR has the most daily seats per day on an A380, not SINLHR as I stated in #18.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:42 pm

Quoting JMGRIFFIN (Thread starter):
17. Emirates from Dubai-DXB to New York-JFK operates twice daily (flight number EK 201 / UAE201 – click here to track and flight number EK 203 / UAE203 – click here to track) and covers 6,849 mi (11,022 km) in 14 hr 20 min.

Thanks for your effort in creating this detailed analysis and sharing it with us. It must have taken quite some time to compile it.

Equally, I'd like to add my two cents to improve it further: Emirates operates a third daily frequency from DXB to JFK as EK207. Plus an additional fourth frequency via Milan which can be ignored for the purpose of your analysis.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:07 pm

Quoting svenvdm (Reply 19):
Thanks for your effort in creating this detailed analysis and sharing it with us. It must have taken quite some time to compile it.

Equally, I'd like to add my two cents to improve it further: Emirates operates a third daily frequency from DXB to JFK as EK207. Plus an additional fourth frequency via Milan which can be ignored for the purpose of your analysis.

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

Good point on the DXB - JFK routing, I'll update the list.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:48 pm

Thanks for this very interesting post and the work that went into it. Also highlights how the world does A LOT of business in the Gulf States of the Mideast.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:04 pm

great article.

wonder how many people have done RTW in three hops SYD-DXB-LAX-SYD using A380s
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:06 pm

Quoting steady eddie (Reply 22):
great article.

wonder how many people have done RTW in three hops SYD-DXB-LAX-SYD using A380s

thanks! glad you enjoyed it!

that would be quite the trip! I guess you could also do it with DFW-DXB-SYD-DFW.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:31 am

Thank you.

I'm quite surprised that the A380 has so many of the longest flights in the world to such an extent. Without looking into it, I would have assumed otherwise.

And I'm somewhat bothered by the fact that I've flown many of these routes. Spending too much time in the airplanes... even if I love them.
 
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:46 am

Quoting JMGRIFFIN (Thread starter):
The 3x flights per day make this route the most heavily saturated A380 route in the world, offering 1,287 seats daily between Singapore and London on the aircraft type.

Maybe when looking at the 20 longest flights (although, even here DXB-JFK has 3 daily, plus one via MXP), but nowhere close to DXB-LHR.

Although, it is a good list, and it looks like you spent some time on it, but you have done something I absolutely hate!

If spot number 12 is a tie between 2 routes (3 flights, but 2 routes), then the next route on the list should be numbered 14, not 13! When somebody looks at number 13, there are in fact 13 routes longer than it, and the fact that two of them clashed in distance does not make a difference.

Also, a few other inconsistencies (although minor), for some, such as JFK-ICN, you mention both of KE flights, yet for some others, like DXB-SYD, you only mention one of the EK flights, even though they fly the route 2-daily (EK413 and EK415)

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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:56 pm

True that when you have equals in a race you still take out an equivalent number of positions in the list eg

1
2
3
4=
4=
6
7
8
etc

Otherwise well done, very entertaining. I want to do DFW on Qantas!
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RE: Top 20: Longest Airbus A380 Routes In The Worl

Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:37 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 26):

True that when you have equals in a race you still take out an equivalent number of positions in the list eg
Quoting CXfirst (Reply 25):

If spot number 12 is a tie between 2 routes (3 flights, but 2 routes), then the next route on the list should be numbered 14, not 13! When somebody looks at number 13, there are in fact 13 routes longer than it, and the fact that two of them clashed in distance does not make a difference.

Ah! Good point on that! Thanks

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