Qatar Airways have offically launched the world’s longest flight from Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand. The flight, which covers 14,535km, has passengers onboard for 17 hours and 30 minutes.
It won’t be the world’s longest flight for long, Singapore Airlines is expected to re launch it’s Singapore to Los Angeles and Singapore to New York City flights in 2018, with the New York City flight clocking in at 15,348km. The recently announced Qantas Perth to London route is still slightly shorter at only 14,499km.
Qatar Airways are initially using a Boeing 777-200 on this flight but are looking to move an Airbus A350 onto the route sometimes in the future.
The aircraft which has a 2-class configuration, features 42 business class and 217 economy seats.
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200 Business Class
Business class is in a 2-2-2 configuration, which is increasingly undesirable as many airlines have moved to a 1-2-1 configuration to allow each passenger aisle access. However, this may be a great option for you if you are travelling with a companion and want to be able to see and talk to each other easily.
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200 Economy Class
Economy class is in a standard 3-3-3 configuration, much better than Qatar’s Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A380 3-4-3 configuration.
This new route will also offer 116 tonnes of belly-hold capacity each week, allowing dairy, meats and fruits from Auckland and surrounds to export goods to the Middle East and onwards to major European cities.
Flights in both directions will run daily.
Flight #QR920 | Departs Doha 2:50am | Arrives Auckland 5:00am + 1
Flight #QR921 | Departs Auckland 2:40pm | Arrives Doha 10:10pm
Do you think you could withstand more than 17 hours on a non-stop flight?