Emirates was set to take over the title for longest non-stop scheduled passenger route for their new Dubai to Panama City route on February 1st, but the route has now been delayed. Earlier this week, Emirates updated their schedule (without any media release), closing booking for this flight from February 1st – March 30th. Airline Route reports that “generally it’s a sign of cancellation but we choose not to use that word in this case.”
Panama City is the airline’s first destination in Central America and will take over the “World’s Longest Flight” title from Qantas’ Dallas-Sydney flight. Emirates says the flight will clock in at 17 hours and 35 minutes when heading west. Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will operate on the route in a 3-class layout – 8 in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy. The route will still be short of the all-time title held by Singapore’s retired Newark-Singapore flights which were scheduled for 18 hours and 50 minutes when heading east. Those flights are now set to return in 2018.
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