Emirates announces world’s longest non-stop flight

14. Aug 2015
by Jack Woodhouse

From February 1, 2016, Emirates will launch a direct flight from Dubai to Panama City, making Panama the airlines first destination in Central America. The 8,700 mile journey will take an incredible 17 hours and 35 minutes and will be the world’s longest non-stop flight. 

The route will be served daily by a B777-200LR with three classes on board. First class, which has not been offered on such a route before, will consist of 8 seats, business class will offer 42 seats, while economy class will consist of 216.

Emirates B777-200LR A spokesman for the Gulf airlines insisted that those in economy would be well looked after on the lengthy flight, saying: “As with all Emirates flights, passengers flying Emirates economy class to Panama will be able to sit back and relax in spacious seats with plenty of leg room, whilst enjoying our award-winning entertainment system and gourmet meals crafted by our master chefs. Our contoured seats recline with adjustable headrests for extra comfort, with blankets and pillows available. Children can enjoy TV, games and music selected especially for them, plus there are special magazines and toys on every flight, along with baby kits and a selection of prepared baby food.” Panama City is Panama’s capital and largest city. It is an important economic and financial centre and home to two of the busiest ports in Latin America, including the world's second largest free trade zone. The city also acts as a gateway to the rest of Central and South America.

Panama City skyline Flights will operate through Tocumen International Airport, located in the heart of the city. Flight number EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily. The return, EK252, will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, said: “Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America. We’re also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First Class service to travellers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight.” Later this year, Emirates will be adding 4 additional routes to its global network; Mashhad in Iran, Orlando, Bamako in Mali and Bologna.

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