Wednesday, March 2, Airbus A380 airline Emirates made its first non-stop flight on a route record duration, according to The Guardian. To overcome 14.2 thousand km between Dubai and Auckland in New Zealand took 17 hours and 15 minutes.
Regular flights on this direction will be operated by Boeing 777. According to the Minister of transport of New Zealand Simon Bridges, the new flight will be three hours shorter than current flights from Auckland to Dubai.
The previous record belonged to Australian airline Qantas, which has opened a service between Sydney and Dallas in 2014. The length of this route was 13.8 thousand km, and the flight it lasts 17 hours.
Previously Emirates has announced plans to open a route of longer duration. Flights from Dubai to Panama city will begin later this month. This flight will last 17 hours 35 minutes.
In Emirates explained that the specific characteristics of the routes will vary depending on atmospheric conditions, to take advantage of the passing air flow and avoid a collision, thus reducing travel time.
According to the company website, it offers flights to more than 150 destinations. The prices for the flight Dubai — Auckland start from 146,7 thousand roubles in recalculation at a current rate.