Lots of Americans have flown from JFK to LAX – the New York to Los Angeles 2,482-mile cross-country flight that clocks in at about five-and-a-half hours in the air. Even getting through that trip can be an endurance test, so imagine taking a flight over 3.5 times as long: That’s the distance of the new world’s longest non-stop commercial flight.
On Sunday, Qatar Airways flew the inaugural voyage of flight QR920, a 9,032-mile, 16 hour and 23 minute trip on that classic route of Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand. The airline can now say it has the longest currently operating commercial flight. According to The Guardian, Singapore Airlines used to have an approximately 9,500 mile flight from Singapore to Newark, but by 2013, the economics of running it had become unviable and the airline shut it down. Will flying from Doha to Auckland prove more sustainable?
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