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Qatar Airways plans world's longest flight

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Qatar Airways plans world's longest flight Reply with quote

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/27/aviation/qatar-airways-worlds-longest-direct-flight-feat/

Qatar Airways may launch world's longest flight

January 27, 2016

A whopping 18½-hour journey between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand, is poised to become the world's longest direct flight if Qatar Airways follows through with plans for the new route.

Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed plans for the ultra-long haul in an interview with Bloomberg Business at last week's Bahrain Air Show.

Boeing 777-LR aircraft would be used to make the trip, Bloomberg Business reported. The aircraft can carry 259 passengers.

No word yet on when the airline might start the service.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently all the ME flights to NZ are one stops, this is one market where the East Asian airlines still command market share. With the low oil prices this ULH route becomes affordable.

This has a better chance of doing well than the other world's longest route, DXB-PTY by EK.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't 18 1/2 hours be a bit of a stretch even for the 77L?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/44660-qatar-airways-to-start-direct-new-zealand-flights-in-late-4q

Qatar Airways to start direct New Zealand flights in late 4Q

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has announced plans to start a daily direct Doha Hamad Int'l-Auckland Int'l, New Zealand service effective December 3 of this year.

The route, operated on-board a B777-200(LR), will be the world's longest non-stop flight at 14,535 km, 339 km longer than Emirates' Dubai Int'l-Auckland service.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is just silly posturing by the likes of EK and QR. They are not going to make any money on routes like Dubai -Panama City or Doha - Auckland! It all seems to be a case of 'have money will blow'.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QATAR Airways Delays Auckland Launch to Feb 2017

QATAR Airways in today’s schedule update has adjusted planned Doha – Auckland service, as it postponed planned service launch.
Previously scheduled to begin on 03DEC16, the daily 777-200LR service will now begin from 01FEB17.
Reservations for flights between 03DEC16 and 31JAN17 (DOH departure) was closed earlier today.

QR920 DOH0330 – 0550+1AKL 77L D
QR921 AKL1440 – 2210DOH 77L D


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