Qatar Air­ways launches world’s long­est com­mer­i­cal flight

Air­line now flies from Doha to Auckland in 17.5 hours…

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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

Qatar Air­ways now flies to Auckland

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