Emirates to fly the world’s longest flight to Panama


By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Emirates is launching the world’s longest non-stop route next year with daily flights from Dubai to Panama City, Panama.

1The flight to Panama will take 17 hours and 35 minutes and will launch on February 1st, 2016, according to an emailed statement from the airline on Thursday.

It will be the airline’s first passenger service to Central America and will be operated by a three class Boeing 777-200LR (long range), with 8 seats in first class, 42 in business and 216 in economy. The aircraft will be able to carry 15 tonnes of cargo.

The flight time and distance is both longer than the current longest flight, which is operated by Australian airline Qantas from Dallas Fort Worth in the United States to Sydney, Australia. The Qantas flight takes about 16 hours over 13,804 kilometres. Emirates’ new Panama flight will be over a distance of 13,821 kilometres, a spokesperson told Gulf News by email.

Flights to Panama are likely to attract a number of business travellers because of the city’s standing as a regional and global hub for markets, John Strickland, Director of London headquartered aviation advisory JLS Consulting, told Gulf News by email. More info