Gulf carrier finishes its historic round trip from Middle East to New Zealand after 17 hours, 7 minutes in air
Dubai: Qatar Airways has claimed the world title for the longest flight after completing its historic round trip from the Gulf to New Zealand late Monday night.
The Boeing 777-200LR landed at Doha airport 23 minutes ahead of schedule after flying non-stop from Auckland for 17 hours and 7 minutes.
Qatar Airways’ flight 920 had left Doha on Sunday and touched down for the first time on the North Island of New Zealand, where it was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.
The flight beat the record earlier held by rival Emirates airline, which launched in 2016 its direct commercial flight from Dubai to Auckland, covering 14,200 kilometres and 10 time zones. Qatar Airways’ Doha to Auckland flight spans 14,535 kilometres and takes 16 hours and 23 minutes. Estimated flying time for the return flight to Doha is...Read more...