Qatar Airways sets record for world’s longest commercial flight

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Seventeen hours and 30 minutes. That’s the record now held by Qatar Airways for the longest commercial flight in the world.

The Boeing 777 departed from Doha, Qatar, on Sunday and landed in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday after flying 9,031 miles.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who traveled on board the inaugural flight, said the new Auckland service was “an important milestone” in the airline’s global expansion.

The previous record was held by Gulf rival Emirates. Its Dubai-to-Auckland service is now the world’s second longest. The first flight on the 8,823-mile route last year took 17 hours, 15 minutes.

Other airlines are also adding ultralong-haul flights to their timetables.

Travelers will soon be able to fly from Australia to Europe without stopping after Qantas announced in December the first direct passenger route between the continents.

The Perth-to-London service will cover 9,009 miles when it begins in March 2018.

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