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Emirates to Launch World’s Longest Non-Stop Flight

Emirates to Launch World’s Longest Non-Stop FlightEmirates to Launch World’s Longest Non-Stop Flight

Dubai-based Emirates airline says it will launch the world’s longest non-stop flight next year, connecting the Persian Gulf nation with Central America.

Dubai-Panama City passengers will be in their seats for over 17 hours.

Slated to debut in February 2016, the 13,821-kilometer (8,590-mile) stretch between Dubai and Panama City will take approximately 17 hours, 35 minutes—using a Boeing 777-200LR to carry up to 266 passengers and 15 tons of cargo, DW reported.

“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” the airline’s chief executive, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, told the DPA news agency.

Australia’s Qantas currently operates the world’s longest flight, from Dallas, Texas to Sydney, Australia which takes just under 17 hours. The new flight between Dubai and Panama City is longer by 17 kilometers.

Singapore Airlines had previously operated an even longer flight-nearly 19 hours—that connected Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, but scrapped it two years ago to cut costs.

Emirates is backed by the government of Dubai and has expanded rapidly by routing international transit passengers and cargo through its hub in the Persian Gulf.