Emirates announces the world’s longest non-stop flight
Emirates says it will begin to operate the world’s longest non-stop flight, connecting travellers between Dubai and Panama City, from next year.
The Dubai -based airline will begin to operate the flight from February 2016.
According to the airline, the journey will take about 17 hours and 35 minutes.
The super long-haul flight will travel more than 8,590 miles from the Middle East to South America and offer Emirates passengers a previously unavailable service.
The 17.5 hour flight will top the longest current flight, which is operated by Qantas between Sydney and Dallas and is a half-hour shorter.
Emirates revealed that the new route will be operated with a Boeing 777-299LR aircraft with a capacity for 256 passengers.
"New doors to the country will open with a direct connection to the Middle East - a strong and thriving region with great synergies to both Panama and Latin America," said Panama Vice President Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, as part of the Emirates statement.
"Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers traveling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America," the statement added.
The new route is expected to depart Dubai at 8.05am and arrive in Panama City at 4.40pm.