Airline Announces Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

Route from Dubai to Panama City on Emirates will take 17.5 hours
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2015 3:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Seventeen hours and 35 minutes is how long you can expect to be in the air if you book tickets now for the world's longest nonstop flight, set for takeoff from Dubai and landing in Panama City, the National reports. Beginning Feb. 1, Emirates will snatch away those longest-flight honors from Qantas, USA Today notes, as well as give the airline its first Central American destination.

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In addition to the new route (which Bloomberg has figured out to be 8,590 miles), other destinations the airline expects to add later this year to its roster, which has recently placed Madrid, London, and Melbourne on its list: Mashhad in Iran; Orlando, Fla.; Bamako, the capital of Mali; and Bologna, Italy, per the National. (There was a nonstop 19-hour flight from Singapore to Newark, NJ, a couple of years ago—but it's since been grounded.)

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