Emirates airline will on 1 February 2016 launch the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes) when it begins service from Dubai to Panama City.
The new service will head west and Panama City will become Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.
The current title holder for the world’s longest non-stop flight is Qantas. The Australian carrier’s Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth leg clocks in at about 8576 miles (13,802 kilometres).
Emirates will beat that marginally. Dubai to Panama City is about 8585 miles (13,816 kilometres) – so about 15km longer, winning the title by 0.1%.
Qantas took the title in November 2013, when Singapore Airlines dropped its nonstop flights between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles. Those were 9525 miles (15,329 kilometres) and 8770 miles (14,114 kilometres) respectively.
The new title holder, Emirates, will begin service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a 3-class layout – eight in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy.
The new direct flight between Dubai and Panama City will connect Latin America with the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08.05 and arrive in Panama City at 16.40 daily. The return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22.10, arriving in Dubai at 22.55 next day.
Later this year, Emirates, commercial partner of Qantas, will add four additional routes to its global network including Mashhad, Iran and Orlando USA, in September; Bamako, Mali in October; and Bologna, Italy in November.
Written by Peter Needham