Emirates to operate world's longest non-stop flight

Emirates to operate world's longest non-stop flight

The longest non-stop flight in the world is to be operated by Emirates from next year.

The flight from Dubai to Panama City will take 17 hours 35 minutes using a Boeing 777 long range aircraft.

The service is due to start on February 1 as the UAE carrier’s first destination in central America.

The aircraft will be operated in a three-class configuration with eight seats in first class, 42 in business and 216 in economy.

Emirates chairman and chief executive, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “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.

“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.”

Currently, the longest flights available connect Dallas to Sydney (almost 17 hours), Johannesburg to Atlanta (16 hours 40 minutes), and Dubai to Los Angeles (16 hours 35 minutes), according to AFP.


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