An Emirates Airbus A380 flew into the record books on Wednesday when it landed in Auckland after completing the world’s longest direct commercial flight.
The service from Dubai to Auckland covered 14,200 kilometres (8,824 miles), according to industry website airwaysnews.com, pipping Qantas' 13,800-kilometre Sydney-Dallas route launched in 2014.
It said the route was also the longest in duration, with passengers set to spend 17 hours 15 minutes in the air during the return leg from Auckland to Dubai.
However, that record is expected to be short-lived because Emirates' upcoming Dubai-Panama City service will take 17 hours 35 minutes when it launches later this month.
"Emirates will be using flexible routes, which can vary by day, taking advantage of tail winds and avoiding head winds to reduce the time in the air."
The inaugural Dubai-Auckland flight was made by an A380 but the regular service will be carried out using the Boeing 777.
New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the non-stop service, which cuts three hours off current Dubai-Auckland travel times, improved New Zealand's connectivity to the rest of the world.
"Direct flights will encourage even more trade and tourism between our two countries, by offering more choice to passengers and freight customers," he said.
Source: Yahoo News