How far is Madagascar from the United States?

Madagascar is about as far away from the west coast of the United States as one can get. Flying to Madagascar from San Francisco (airport code: SFO) takes a minimum of 23 hours of flight time as of 2004 -- around 11 hours to Paris and another 12 to Antananarivo (airport code: TNR), the capital of Madagascar. The distance covered is about 11000 miles or 17700 km. Flying from the east coast of the U.S. cuts 5-6 hours of the flight time.