Lonely Planet Writer

Emirates to fly world’s longest flight for a short while

From 2 March Emirates airline will fly a direct daily service between Dubai and Auckland which for a brief stint will be one of the world’s longest commercial flights at 17 hours 15 minutes (Auckland to Dubai leg).

Emirates airline.
Emirates airline. Image by BriYYZ / CC BY-SA 2.0

The flight’s record, however, will be eclipsed by 31 March when Emirates will bring in their Dubai-Panama flights which will take 17 hours and 35 minutes. Currently the longest flight record is held by Qantas’ Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney service which covers 13,800km and takes 16 hours and 55 minutes.

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