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The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight has touched down in New Zealand

The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight has officially touched down, taking travellers on a 17-and-a-half hour journey from Qatar to New Zealand.

Qatar Airways launched the record-breaking flight to Auckland to land on one of New Zealand’s public holidays – Waitangi Day. It is the first city in New Zealand to have a flight from Qatar Airways, which will “provide a gateway for travellers to visit the stunning country, which is famous for its spectacular coastlines and lush forest landscapes,” according to the company. The flight covers a distance of 14,535 kilometres.

Auckland city and harbour at dawn, New Zealand.
Auckland city and harbour at dawn, New Zealand. Image by ©Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

The new daily flight is on a Boeing 777, which has a two-class configuration with 42 seats in business class and 217 seats in economy class. Business class passengers have access to fully-flat beds and an on-demand menu.

The airline is also encouraging travellers heading to New Zealand to make a stopover in Doha, as a new transit visa scheme allows visitors a free transit visa for up to 96 hours, in which they can enjoy the city.
 
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