Last updated: 01:20 PM ET, Thu August 13 2015

Emirates Takes Over Title of World's Longest Flight

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 13, 2015

Emirates Takes Over Title of World's Longest Flight

Well, if you’re going to be stuck on a plane for three-quarters of a day, might as well do it in style on Emirates Airlines.

The Middle East carrier announced a new route this morning from its hub in Dubai to Panama City, Panama, beginning Feb. 1. And when it launches, it will officially become the world's longest commercial flight.

Panama City will be the airline’s first destination in Central America. At 8,584 miles from Dubai, the flight will clock in at 17 hours and 35 minutes when traveling westward.

The world’s longest commercial flight currently belongs to Australian carrier Qantas, which operates a route between Sydney and Dallas that covers about 8,575 miles in just under 17 hours.

"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," Emirates CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a statement to The National of Dubai. "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."

Emirates will operate a Boeing 777 for the flight between Dubai and Panama City.


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