World’s longest flight to take off from Doha tomorrow

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The world’s longest passenger flight – from Doha to Auckland – is preparing to set off in the early hours of Sunday.

Qatar Airways Flight QR 920 is scheduled to leave Doha on Sunday at 5:10 am and cross 10 time zones before arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday at 7:30 am.

Qatar Airways’ new Doha-Auckland flight will cross through 10 time zones on its epic journey.

This journey of 16 hours and 20 minutes will become the longest passenger flight in the world covering 9,032 miles.

The Boeing 777-200LR will pass over Dubai, then through northern Oman, southern tip of India, Sri Lanka and then crosses over Indian Ocean, Western Australia and will start the descent after 16 hours and 20 minutes on Monday morning.

Currently the longest route is also to Auckland from Dubai.

The return flight, QR921, leaves Auckland airport at 2.40pm and reaches Doha same night 10:10pm.

Air India may argue that its Delhi-San Francisco flight is the world’s longest, but according to the “Great Circle” route Doha and Auckland are further apart on the surface of the Earth.

According to aviation experts, the only baseline on which rationally to compare extreme distances is the “Great Circle” route: the shortest distance between two points on the surface of the Earth. In the case of Doha to Auckland, that is 9,032 miles.

Air India had achieved the record in 2016 by changing its route direction. Instead of traveling West over the Atlantic, it flew East over the Pacific which is longer than the shortest distance between Delhi and San Francisco.

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Based on this theory Qatar Airways still holds the crown, but Singapore Airlines are set to overtake in 2018.

The airline has ordered seven ultra-long-range Airbus A350s and plan to restart their non-stop flights from Singapore to New York.

Published on 4 February 2017

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