Emirates replaces Qantas for the world’s longest flight

Published: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Emirates has bumped Qantas Airways out of the top spot for the world’s longest flight. Emirates took over the title recently with the launch of its 8,819-mile nonstop route between Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Auckland, New Zealand.
That drops Qantas’ 8,576-mile route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney, Australia – the previous record holder – into second place, according to flight-data provider OAG. Delta’s 8,434-mile nonstop route between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, slides to No. 3.
Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker said earlier this year that the carrier would soon launch non-stop flights from its Doha hub to both Auckland and Santiago, Chile. Those routes – if launched – would become the world’s longest, though Qatar Airways has made no formal announcement about when or if it would follow through on Al Baker’s comments.
“We will not add a city before we have the network to support it,” Qatar Airways said in a statement. “While the title of longest airline flight may move and shift between carriers, only a few airlines are competing in that space. That’s where the advantage of our geography comes in.”
As for Emirates’ new Dubai-Auckland route, the carrier is using 266-seat Boeing 777-200LR jets that feature eight first-class “suites,” 42 lie-flat business-class seats and 216 economy-class seats.
Emirates already serves Auckland with daily flights, but each stops in one of three Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) en route. The Auckland-Dubai flight is the first nonstop connecting linking the cities.