Qatar Airways launches world’s longest commerical flight
Airline now flies from Doha to Auckland in 17.5 hours…
Sit back, relax and prepare yourself for the world’s longest commercial flight – a 17-and-a-half hour ultra-long-haul slog from Doha to Auckland.
Qatar Airways’ new 14,535km nonstop service edges out Emirates’ existing Dubai-Auckland flight to claim the dubious honour of being the longest scheduled flight, in terms of time spent in the air.
Air India’s transPacific Delhi-San Francisco route remains the longest in terms of distance, at approximately 15,300km, but takes less time due to strong tailwinds.
Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, travelled on board the inaugural flight to Auckland and was welcomed upon arrival by Todd McClay, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade & State-Owned Enterprises, and Auckland Airport’s chief executive, Adrian Littlewood.
“The launch of our new service to Auckland is an important milestone for Qatar Airways as we expand both in the region and globally across our network providing more options and better connections to exciting business and leisure destinations in Europe and the Middle East,” said Al Baker. Click here for full story