Qatar Airways is the new titleholder for the world’s longest regularly scheduled airline flight. The airline on Sunday inaugurated service on the 9,032-mile route between its Doha hub and Auckland, New Zealand. Flight time on the route is 16 hours, 10 minutes, on the New Zealand-bound leg. The return, which typically faces more headwinds, is scheduled for a whopping 17 hours, 30 minutes, according to the carrier’s website.
Qatar Airways’ new service edges it past Middle East rival Emirates, whose 8,819-mile route from Dubai to Auckland clocks in at 16 hours, 5 minutes, in the direction of New Zealand and at 17 hours, 20 minutes on the return.
With that, Qatar Airways can now claim the world’s longest flight both by time and by distance, according to air travel intelligence company OAG. That latter distinction, however, comes with something of an asterisk.
Earlier, in October 2016 Air India had snuck up on its competitors to snatch the title of the world’s longest non-stop flight route.
In October 2016 the Indian airlines from Delhi to San Francisco route sat second but later became the World’s longest flight and sitting on the table of greatest distances flown by a passenger jet, and then the Indian flag carrier changed the direction of travel from crossing to the Atlantic to the Pacific, and added 1400 kilometres onto its route.
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Air India the airlines previously in October 2016, held the record for Longest flight in the world.