Qatar Airways now holds the world record for the longest commercial flight in the world.
Qatar Airways has launched the world’s longest commercial flight- from Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand. Flight QR920 covered a distance of 9,032 miles to reach Auckland, reports the AP.
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) February 6, 2017
The outbound journey took 16 hours and 20 minutes on the Boeing 777-200LR, however the return trip was 17 hours and 30 minutes (because of headwinds).
This is the farthest distance, between two cities in the world, that is linked by a direct flight. Qatar Airways’ rival Emirates previously held the record for the longest route between Dubai and Auckland. That route was over 185 miles shorter.