World’s longest nonstop flight takes off in 2016

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Chalk up another superlative for Emirates.

The Dubai-based airline has announced it will begin operating the world’s longest nonstop and regularly scheduled flight.

Daily service between Dubai and Panama City will begin on February 1, 2016.

According to the airline, the flight will take 17 hours and 35 minutes in the westbound direction.

It will traverse a distance of approximately 8,580 miles or 13,800 kilometers, according to Web Flyer.

The flight will best the current longest nonstop flight – Qantas Airways service between Sydney and Dallas, which takes less than 17 hours – by 17 kilometers, according to Bloomberg Business.

Emirates will operate the flight with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft that carries 256 passengers.

The aircraft can carry up to 15 tons of cargo and, in addition to passengers, will transport key imports to Panama, such as pharmaceuticals, machine products and electronics.

“New doors to the country will open with a direct connection to the Middle East, a strong and thriving region with great synergies to both Panama and Latin America,” said Panama vice president Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.

According to the Emirates statement, “Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers traveling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America.”

Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 8:05 a.m. and arrive in Panama City at 4:40 p.m. daily. The return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 10:10 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 11:55 p.m. the next day.

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