On 6 February, Qatar Airways made the world’s longest commercial flight, covering the 14,535 kilometres between Doha and Auckland in 16 hours and 23 minutes. The flight was carried out in a Boeing 777-200LR with four pilots and 15 crew members, who along with the passengers on board went through ten different time zones.
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Having covered 14,535 kilometres, QR920 became the world’s longest commercial flight on Monday. Qatar Airways posted on Twitter that the flight had landed in Auckland, New Zealand, at 7.25 am – five minutes early, no less. The aircraft then headed back on Tuesday morning to Doha (Qatar).
Four pilots and 15 cabin crew
To get from Doha to Auckland, the Boeing 777-200LR crossed ten time zones. The Qatar-based carried also pointed out that the flight was longer than the combined running times of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogies, both of which were filmed in New Zealand.
Four pilots and 15 cabin crew were on board the aircraft, with the latter serving 1,100 cups of tea and coffee, 2,000 cold drinks and 2,036 meals throughout the flight. When it landed, the aircraft was greeted on the tarmac in Auckland by water cannons, fired off – as is traditional – by the local security forces.
Perth – London in 17 hours
Emirates began flying from Dubai to Auckland (14,200 km) in March 2016, which at the time was considered to be the world’s longest flight. Qantas, meanwhile, is set to launch a direct flight in March 2018 between Perth and the UK capital London. This 14,498 km journey will be the first ever non-stop flight between Australia and Europe, and is set to last 17 hours.
This route will become the longest that Qantas serves, ahead of its Sydney – Dallas (USA) Airbus A380 flights, and the third longest in the world behind the Doha – Auckland route. Singapore Airlines is also expected to launch Singapore – New York (USA) flights in 2018. Australian carrier Qantas will be providing all the details about its ground-breaking flight in April, but has already confirmed that it will be served by a fleet of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners which are currently on order. These aircraft can carry 42 Business Class passengers, 28 in Premium Economy and 166 in Economy.
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