The world’s longest flight – 18 and a half hours non-stop from the Middle East to New Zealand – is being considered by Qatar Airways.
The 9,034-mile journey would exceed the world’s current longest flight operated by Qantas: a 8,578-mile flight between Sydney and Dallas, which takes 16 hours and 55 minutes.
Emirates is set to eclipse Qantas in the spring with a route from Dubai to Panama City taking 17 hours and 35 minutes.
Singapore Airlines ran a flight of 18 hours 50 minutes from Singapore to New York but this was withdrawn in 2013. SIA is considering resuming the service.
The Doha-Auckland service is being considered by Qatar Airways alongside a service between Doha and Santiago in Chile, coming in at nearly 9,000 miles.
The services would be flown by long-range Boeing 777s carrying 259 passengers, with the Auckland route tipped to start next September.
Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker revealed plans for the ultra-long-haul in an interview with Bloomberg Business at last week's Bahrain Air Show.
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