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Long-Haul – Glossary Definition


Want the definition of long-haul flights? Learn the meaning of long-haul, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of long-haul flights? Keep reading to learn the meaning of long-haul, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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An A380 on a long-haul flight. Taken by Robert Hrovat via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is Long-Haul?

Long-haul is airline terminology to designate a flight length that is usually greater than 6 hours long. In certain cases and by certain flight agencies, a long-haul flight may instead be determined by its distance rather than flight time.

In airline parlance, long-haul flights are those many flight organizations consider to be over six hours in length. However, it isn’t an exact science, so the meaning can vary airline to airline.

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, known as EUROCONTROL, defines long-haul routes as any flight greater than 4,000 km (2,490 mi),

More on Long-Haul Flights

The opposite of long-haul flights are short-haul flights. Between these two flight time measurements are medium-haul flights, though not all airlines and aviation agencies recognize the term medium-haul, instead using only the terms short-haul and long-haul routes.

Because long-haul flights are quite lengthy as far as flight time, most are flown on wide-body, dual-aisle aircraft, rather than on single-aisle aircraft (known also as narrow-body aircraft). Most long-haul flights will have two meal services and one or two snack services, though these depend on the airline, the flight time, and the class of service flown.

A long-haul flight is usually international, intercontinental, or at least transcontinental. However, some international flights might not be long-haul, or even medium-haul; a flight from Miami, US to Kingston, Jamaica would be considered short haul.

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