Qatar Airways confirms plans for world's longest flight

Qatar Airways confirms plans for world's longest flight

The world’s longest flight, between Doha and Auckland, is to be operated by Qatar Airways.

The airline is to run a daily service using a Boeing 777 on the route from December 3.

The Auckland service is one of 14 new routes revealed by the airline, in addition to flights from Birmingham to Doha from March 30.

Emirates started direct flights to Auckland from Dubai on March 2 but the non-stop service from Doha would be longer at around 17.5 hours.

Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers, so that we remain their airline of choice.

“These new destinations are where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value.

“We look forward to growing our network and welcoming new passengers to Qatar Airways.”

Other new destinations revealed by the airline include Pisa, Helsinki, Skopje, Sarajevo, Nice, Marrakech, the Seychelles, Krabi and Chiang Mai in Thailand and Windhoek in Namibia.

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