Qatar Air­ways launches new Auck­land route

The Hamilton Spectator - - TRAVEL -

Qatar Air­ways has launched the world’s long­est sched­uled com­mer­cial air­line route with the ar­rival of its flight from Doha to Auck­land, New Zealand.

The Gulf car­rier said flight QR920 touched down in Auck­land early on Mon­day af­ter cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 14,535 kilo­me­tres, or 9,032 miles.

That is the fur­thest dis­tance be­tween any two cities linked by di­rect flights. The out­bound jour­ney is sched­uled to take 16 hours and 20 min­utes on the Boe­ing 777-200LR. That’s rel­a­tively short com­pared to the re­turn trip of 17 hours and 30 min­utes, which is slower be­cause of head­winds.

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