World's longest nonstop flight announced


Aug 20, 2002
(CNN)Chalk up another superlative for Emirates.

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

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

According to the airline, the flight will take an incredible (unbearable?) 17 hours and 35 minutes in the westbound direction.

It will traverse a distance of approximately 13,800 kilometers (8,580 miles), according to

The flight will best the current longest nonstop flight -- Qantas Airways service between Sydney and Dallas takes just less than 17 hours -- by 17 kilometers. . .

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