World's Longest Non-stop Commercial Flight is from Asia

World's Longest Non-stop Commercial Flight is from Asia

The world’s longest commercial flight has landed in New Zealand after a 9,032-mile (14,535km) flight from Doha.

“We’ve officially landed in Auckland,” Qatar Airways tweeted as flight QR920 landed at 7.25am (1825 GMT on Sunday), five minutes ahead of schedule after 16 hours and 23 minutes in the air.

The long-range Boeing 777-200LR crossed 10 time zones on its marathon flight.

A map showing Sunday's journey from Doha to Auckland. Image: Flightradar24
A map showing Sunday's journey from Doha to Auckland. Image: Flightradar24


There were four pilots on board, as well as 15 cabin crew who served 1,100 cups of tea and coffee, 2,000 cold drinks and 1,036 meals during the flight. Fares for the route start at 4,825 Qatari reals (£1,050) for a return economy flight, or 33,285 QAR (£7,250) in first class.

In keeping with international tradition to welcome inaugural flights, the Auckland airport rescue service showered the plane with water cannons on arrival.

New Zealand’s trade minister, Todd McClay, said the estimated economic impact of the new service would be well in excess of NZ$50m (£29.3m) with the increased freight capacity provided.


Doha-Auckland Flight Facts

Great Circle Distance: 14,533 km
Flight time DOH-AKL: 16 hours 20 minutes
Flight time AKL-DOH: 17 hours 30 minutes
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR

Source : The Guardian

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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