Airbus A380 completes longest passenger flight
A monumental milestone has been reached today as the Emirates Airbus A380 jet has broken the record for the longest flight distance traveled by a commercial passenger aircraft. The record book was re-written on Wednesday after a 8,824 mile non-stop flight from Dubai that culminated in a landing in Auckland, New Zealand. The previous record was held by Qantas which saw the aircraft traveled 8,577 miles from Dallas Fort Worth to Sydney, Australia.
The Emirates was also expected to set the record for longest time for a return flight to Dubai at seventeen hours and fifteen minutes but ended up landing earlier than scheduled according to the New Zealand media. With another non-stop flight scheduled for later this month from Dubai to Panama City, the current record by held the Emirates won’t stand the test of time for too long. Emirates has stated that while the route is shorter in distance than the flight from Dubai to Auckland, the time elapsed on the flight to Panama is expected to take longer at seventeen hours and thirty-five minutes in air time.
Chairman and Chief executive of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum believes that Panama City will be the first of many destination gateways in Central America that will provide a convenient hub option to and from Dubai. And while the inaugural flight was made by an A380 to New Zealand from Dubai, Emirates has gone on record stating that the routes will be normally operated by the Boeing 777-200LR.