Can you imagine staying flying for 17 hours 35 minutes? Soon it will be a reality for many. Airline Emirates have announced a Dubai-Panama flight, which will be the longest in the world. The Emirates flight will leave at 8:05 a.m. in Dubai and arrive at Panama City at 4:40 p.m. The return flight will leave at 10:10 p.m. from Panama City and arrive in Dubai at 10:55 p.m the next day.
The first take-off will be in February and it will be the company’s first flight to Central America. The Panama City-Dubai flight will be made with a Boeing 777-200LR designed in three classes: first class, with eight seats, 42 in business and 216 in economy. Panama is a strategic point because it serves as a connection to destinations in Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America.
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Among the current longer flights are Dallas to Sydney (16 hours and 55 minutes), Johannesburg to Atlanta (16 hours and 40 minutes) and Dubai to LA (16 hours and 35 minutes). In 2013, for profitability reasons, the longest flight of all ceased to operate between Singapore and New York, run by Singapore Airlines (18 hours and 50 minutes). The Emirates, in full expansion, has a fleet of 235 aircraft and covers 147 destinations worldwide.