Finally, The World's New Longest Flight Touches Down
Qatar Airways on Sunday launched a new record-breaking ultra long haul service between Hamad International Airport, Doha and Auckland Airport, New Zealand.
The inaugural flight which departed Doha by 5:25am local time on Sunday, touched down at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, by 7:15am local time on Monday after crossing more than 10 time zones
The return leg of the inaugural service which is now the world’s longest commercial flight left Auckland Airport by 2:43pm New Zealand Time and touched down at Hamad International Airport, Doha by 10:08pm Monday following a 17 hours, 30 journey covering a distance of 14,535 kilometres.
Auckland is the first city in New Zealand to be served by Qatar Airways and will provide a gateway for travellers to visit the stunning country, which is famous for its spectacular coastlines and lush forest landscapes.
The new daily Doha-Auckland service is served by a two class Boeing 777-200LR with 42 seats in Business Class and 217 seats in Economy Class.
The aircraft also features the airline’s award-winning Oryx One entertainment system, offering up to 3,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes.
Qatar Airways’ new service is now ahead of Emirates' Flight EK449 between Auckland and Dubai which takes 17 hr 25 min aboard the Airbus A380-800 covering 14,200 kilometers.