Qatar Airways may launch world’s longest flight

Qatar Airways may launch world’s longest flight

Qatar Airways may launch world’s longest flight

Written by Staff Writer

28 Jan, 2016 | 5:33 pm

A whopping 18½-hour journey between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand, is poised to become the world’s longest direct flight if Qatar Airways follows through with plans for the new route.

The plans for the ultra long haul was revealed by Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker during an interview with Bloomberg Business at last week’s Bahrain Air Show.

The airline will use the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft for the new routes, which can seat 217 passengers in economy class and 42 in premium and has a range of 10,900 miles, fully loaded.

Currently, the world’s longest flight is operated by Qantas between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, according to statistics portal Statista.com.

World’s longest direct passenger flights

Dallas-Sydney, Qantas, 8,578 miles (16h 55m)
Johannesburg-Atlanta, Delta, 8,439 miles (16h 40m)
Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles, Etihad, 8,390 miles (16h 30m)
Dubai-Los Angeles, Emirates, 8,339 miles (16h 35m)
Jeddah-Los Angeles, Saudia, 8,332 miles (16h 55m)
Doha-Los Angeles, Qatar Airways, 8,306 miles (16h 25m)
Dubai-Houston, Emirates, 8,168 miles (16h 20m)
Abu Dhabi-San Francisco, Etihad, 8,158 miles (16h 15m)
Dallas-Hong Kong, American Airlines, 8,123 miles (16h 20m)
Dubai-San Francisco, Emirates, 8,103 miles (15h 50m)

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