Qatar Airways has broken a new world record with their Doha-Auckland direct flight, marking the world’s longest flight.
It’s official, Qatar Airways broke the world record for the world’s longest flight, flying from the Qatari capital Doha all the way to Auckland, New Zealand. According to a release on the carrier’s website, the flight was the longest ever scheduled commercial flight.
Flight QR920 took off from Doha’s Hamad International Airport bound for Auckland 17 hours and 30 minutes later, arriving in New Zealand on Monday, even though it was expected to take 16 hours and 20 minutes.
The 14,534 kilometer journey was made aboard a Boeing 777, marking Qatar Airways’ first ever service to New Zealand.
Before this historic flight, the world’s longest flight record was held by neighbor Gulf airline Emirates, which started flying directly into Auckland from Dubai last March.
However, when it comes to the longest flight by distance, Air-India holds the record. From Delhi to San Francisco, Air-India flies a total 15,298 kilometers in just 14 hours and 30 minutes.
But both records might not mean anything when Singapore Airlines resumes their non-stop flights to New York, using ultra-long distance versions of the Airbus A350. The 19-hours-long flights might start as soon as 2018.