Emirates announced plans to begin daily round trip flights between Dubai and Panama City – its first destination in Central America. The 17 hour 35 minute flight will be the longest non stop flight in the world.
The service will begin on February 1st and will be operated daily by a Boeing 777-200 LR to Tocumen International Airport. Emirates will be offering a 3-class configuration of the plane with 8 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy.
“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,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline.
Currently the longest flight connects Dallas and Sydney and is operated by Qantas. Emirates’ flight will traverse 13,821 kilometers (8,590 miles) and according to the Great Circle Mapper it’s longer than Quantas’ route by 17km.
You can already book your flight on Emirates.com!