Qatar Airways has launched the world’s longest commercial flight which takes 17 hours and 30 minutes from Doha to Auckland. Qatar Airways is also celebrating 20 years of international operations this year.
The service will be operated by the airline daily using a Boeing 777 and will cover 14,535 kilometres.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “The launch of our new service to Auckland is an important milestone for Qatar Airways as we expand both in the region and globally across our network providing more options and better connections to exciting business and leisure destinations in Europe and the Middle East.”
This is also Qatar Airways’ first flight to New Zealand flies and Auckland is the first city in New Zealand to be serviced by the airline.
The sector will be served by a Boeing 777, which has a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 217 seats in Economy Class.
The Doha-Auckland-Doha daily services will offer 116 tonnes of belly-hold capacity every week.
The new flight is expected to further boost tourism from the Middle East to New Zealand, which offers a 90-day tourist visitor visa on arrival for GCC citizens.