Qatar Airways to launch world’s longest direct flight

Qatar Airways plans to launch a record-setting direct flight from Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand – which will have an estimated flight time of 18 hours 30 minutes.

Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed plans for the ultra-long flight – 14,539km – in an interview with Bloomberg Business.

Boeing 777-LR aircraft, which can carry 259 passengers, will be used for the flight. No launch date for the route has been set.

Currently, the world’s longest direct flight is operated by Qantas between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney.

It comes in with a flight time of 16 hours 55 minutes, and covers a distance of 13,804km.

Singapore Airlines previously held the record for the longest nonstop flight until 2013 – its nearly 19-hour trip between New York and Singapore.

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