Emirates to launch world’s longest flight

Emirates will operate the Panama City route daily
Emirates will operate the Panama City route daily

Emirates has unveiled plans to launch services to Panama City, which will become the longest non-stop commercial flight in the world.

Commencing on 1 February 2016, the new route will see passengers travel 13,821km from Dubai to Panama City, with an approximate flight duration of 17 hours 35 minutes. This will exceed the existing longest flight, Qantas‘ 16 hour 50 minute SydneyDallas service.

The Emirates flights will operate daily using a three-class Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, offering eight seats in first class, 42 in business class and 216 in economy.

The new service will also mark Emirates’ first route to Central America.

“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman & chief executive of Emirates.

“We’re also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, first class service to travellers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight.”

Qantas took over as the operator of the world’s longest air route in 2013, following the suspension of Singapore Airlines‘ flight SingaporeNew York service, which lasted 18 hours 50 minutes.

World’s longest flights (approx. duration)

Dubai-Panama City (Emirates):        17 hours 35 minutes
Sydney-Dallas (Qantas):                      16 hours 50 minutes
Atlanta-Johannesburg (Delta):        16 hours 40 minutes
Dubai-Los Angeles (Emirates):         16 hours 35 minutes
Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles (Etihad):    16 hours 30 minutes

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