By Staff writer
Airbus A380 touched down at Auckland International Airport earlier this morning after 14,200km flight that lasted 15 hours and 13 minutes
Emirates completed the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight when its Airbus A380 touched down in New Zealand this morning.
The 14,200-kilometre non-stop flight from Dubai to Auckland, which was completed in 15 hours 13 minutes, eclipsed the record held by Qantas, and its 13,800-kilometre Sydney-Dallas route launched in 2014.
The flight, which landed ahead of schedule at Auckland Airport, was greeted by the traditional water arch welcome reserved for milestone flights.
With an estimated regular flight time of just under 16 hours from Dubai to New Zealand and 17 hours, 15 minutes in the other direction, Emirates has said the new service will cut journey times by almost three hours each way.
While the A380 was used on the inaugural flight, the new route (EK448/EK449) will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, which are purpose-built for ultra-longhaul flights, carrying up to 266 passengers. Like Emirates’ other New Zealand flights, the aircraft will offer three cabin classes: eight first class suites, 42 lie-flat business class seats and 216 economy class seats.
“This is an important development for our customers, for Emirates, and for New Zealand. We anticipate high demand for the route, providing a further boost to inbound tourist traffic into New Zealand that now exceeds three million a year. We also expect the service to be popular with New Zealanders seeking faster connections to Europe and the Middle East,” said Gary Chapman, President Group Services and dnata, Emirates Group.
Fantastic Long Haul flight into the records of Aviation History
Non stop Dubai to Auckland in 15 hrs 13 mins. Well Done Emirates.