17 AUGUST 2015
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Emirates have announced what is claimed to be the world’s current longest non-stop flight, from Dubai to Panama, from 1 February. It will be the airline’s first gateway in Central America, providing convenient connections to Latin America, South America and beyond.
The service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class layout – eight in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy. The aircraft can carry up to 15 tons of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
From 2004 until 2013 Singapore Airlines flew non-stop from its hub to New York Newark 18hrs 50mins westbound a distance of 15,345km. It also operated the very slightly shorter Los Angeles – Dubai. The longest flight by an Airbus A380 is the Qantas service between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth.
Later this year, Emirates will be adding four additional routes to its global network including Mashhad (Iran) and Orlando in September; Bamako (Mali) in October; and Bologna in November. www.emirates.com
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