Published on : Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Passengers spent 17 hours 15 minutes in air during the return leg from Auckland to Dubai in the longest duration flight.
The Qantas flight 8,578 mile flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Sydney, on an Airbus A380, which was until now the longest flight has been effectively displaced by Emirates’ new non-stop flight.
However Emirates will break its own record with its new flight from Dubai-Panama City service which will take 17 hours 35 minutes when it launches later this month. This flight was slated to commence from February 1, 2016 but the date was pushed back. So, now Emirates will hold the record of operating the world’s 1st and 2nd longest flights, with Dubai – Auckland measuring 8,824 nautical miles, and Dubai – Panama City measuring 8,588 miles, while Qantas’ DFW-Sydney route will hold the #3 position at 8,578 miles.
Emirates feels that with clever technology and good planning passengers will reach their destination in the shortest possible time. The airline has decided on using flexible day which will take advantage of tail winds and avoiding head winds to reduce the time in the air.
The New Zealand minister Simon Bridges said that the nonstop service which will cut down travel time by three hours and will improve New Zealand’s connection with the world opening doors for travel and tourism.