Qatar airways on Sunday launched its new flight on the 9032-mile route between its Doha hub and Auckland, New Zealand, making it the new titleholder for the world’s longest regularly scheduled airline flight.
The flight time on the route is 16 hours and 10 minutes long on the New Zealand bound-leg whereas, the return is scheduled to be a whopping 17 hours and 30 minutes long, as it normally faces more headwinds.
This new service by Qatar airways surpasses its Middle East Rival Emirates whose 8819-mile long route from Dubai to Auckland takes 16 hours and 5 minutes to reach New Zealand and 17 hours, 20 minutes on the return to Dubai.
The first flight on the route aboard the 259-seat Boeing 777 aircraft took off on Sunday morning (Doha time) and reached Auckland on Monday, New Zealand time. The flight crossed more than 10 time zones on its journey from Qatar to Auckland.
In accordance with that, Qatar Airways can now officially claim the world’s longest flight both by time and distance.
Information source: usatoday
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