The 10 longest (and 10 shortest) Alaska Airlines flights

Dec 20, 2019

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Singapore Airlines made global headlines last year when it relaunched its Newark-Singapore flight. The 9,534-mile flight allowed the carrier to reclaim the title of having the “world’s longest flight,” bumping Qatar Airways and its 9,032-mile Doha-Auckland, New Zealand, flight out of the top spot.

Another title shift could happen in the coming years if Qantas Airways decides to push ahead with its “Project Sunrise” flights. The Australian carrier made headlines of its own this fall as it tested several ultra-long flights to Sydney – including from New York and from London – to great fanfare. Each would be longer than Singapore’s current record-holder, and Qantas days it will decide soon whether to press ahead. If it does, flights could begin in 2023.

But have you ever wondered what the longest flight is on your preferred carrier? Or the shortest? Given all the buzz about long flights recently, we decided to see what clocked in as the longest and shortest flights for each of the 11 biggest U.S. carriers.

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What did we find? Today we look at Alaska Airlines. Its longest route on the December schedule is Chicago O’Hare-Anchorage, Alaska, while its shortest is the 31-mile hop it operates between the Alaska cities of Petersburg and Wrangell. Check back tomorrow to see the longest and shortest routes for Allegiant.

Longest

  1. Anchorage (ANC) – Kona (KOA): 2,874 miles
  2. Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – Anchorage (ANC): 2,846 miles
  3. Anchorage (ANC) – Kahului, Hawaii (OGG): 2,797 miles
  4. Honolulu (HNL) – Anchorage (ANC): 2,777 miles
  5. San Jose (SJO) – Los Angeles (LAX): 2,722 miles
  6. Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Seattle (SEA): 2,717 miles
  7. Boston (BOS) – San Francisco (SFO): 2,704 miles
  8. Seattle (SEA) – Lihue (LIH): 2,701 miles
  9. Seattle (SEA) – Kona (KOA): 2,688 miles
  10. Cancun (CUN) – Seattle (SEA): 2,685 miles

Shortest

  1. Petersburg, Alaska (PSG) – Wrangell, Alaska (WRG): 31 miles
  2. Ketchikan, Alaska (KTN) – Wrangell, Alaska (WRG): 82 miles
  3. Seattle (SEA) – Bellingham, Washington (BLI): 93 miles
  4. Juneau, Alaska (JNU) – Sitka, Alaska (SIT): 95 miles
  5. Seattle (SEA) – Victoria, British Columbia (YYJ): 98 miles
  6. Seattle (SEA) – Wenatchee, Washington (EAT): 99 miles
  7. Seattle (SEA) – Yakima, Washington (YKM): 103 miles
  8. Eugene, Oregon (EUG) – Portland, Oregon (PDX): 106 miles
  9. Redmond, Oregon (RDM) – Portland, Oregon (PDX): 116 miles
  10. Juneau, Alaska (JNU) – Petersburg, Alaska (PSG): 123 miles

Source: Alaska Airlines. Flights based based on regularly scheduled flights during the carrier’s December schedule. Next update: March 2020. 

For more info about the airline, check out TPG’s Alaska Airlines by the numbers post.

Featured photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images.

This story has been updated to include the longest flight on Alaska’s schedule: Anchorage-Kona. The route runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and was inadvertently left off because the initial list was based on a Thursday schedule.

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