Cape Town - It seems as if airlines are competing to claim the title of the airline which services the longest flight-route on the globe.
While Emirates delayed their highly anticipated flight from Dubai to Panama City on 1 February, which would have broke the current longest non-stop flight record, their plans are still in the pipeline and the first voyage is still set to take off in a few weeks.
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When Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR aircraft takes off, it will be airborne for 17 hours and 35 minutes on the journey westbound, making the longest non-stop flight journey in the world.
For now, however, Qantas' route between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth is still the world's longest route at 16 hours and 55 minutes, crossing 13 804 kilometres, according to the World Economic Forum using Flightmapper data.
The Delta Airlines operated Johannesburg Atlanta route, which currently still claims the 3rd longest non-stop commercial flight in the world, will move to the fourth place as soon as Emirates takes off to Panama.
Check out this chart below, which shows the longest non-stop flights in the world, including the new one from Emirates set to take off on 1 March:
MAP: The World’s longest non-stop flights
16 Mar 2020