Qatar Airways is the new titleholder for the world’s longest regularly scheduled airline flight.Longest in the Jet Age, maybe. But it's not the record holder. Qantas holds that record for its "Double Sunrise" flights.
The airline on Sunday inaugurated service on the 9,032-mile route between its Doha hub and Auckland, New Zealand. Flight time on the route is 16 hours, 10 minutes, on the New Zealand-bound leg. The return, which typically faces more headwinds, is scheduled for a whopping 17 hours, 30 minutes, according to the carrier’s website.
Qatar Airways’ new service edges it past Middle East rival Emirates, whose 8,819-mile route from Dubai to Auckland clocks in at 16 hours, 5 minutes, in the direction of New Zealand and at 17 hours, 20 minutes on the return.
The Qantas flights were arguably military flights conducted under civil cover. The purely civil record holder is TWA.