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The World Longest Flight Touches Down in Auckland
Qatar Airways' longest commercial flight in the world has landed on a warm and sunny Waitangi Day at Auckland Airport after leaving Doha (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 278)
Feb 6, 2017 World News
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In keeping with international tradition, Qatar's 777 received a water canon welcome at Auckland.

Flight QR 920 Qatar Airway's 14.535 Kilometre, 17-and-a-half-hour Doha-Auckland service landed five minutes early at 7.25am on Feb 6 2017. According to the airline, the plane operating is eight years old, has crossed 10 time zones on its flight. And the round trip flight between Doha and Auckland will cover 29,066km.

The flight can claim what is now the longest duration flight, Emirates' Dubai to Auckland, surpassing previous title holders by up to an hour. The Doha-Auckland service is 342km longer than that of its Gulf rival.

The Airline is using a long-range Boeing 777 which has 217 economy seats and 42 business class seats. There are four pilots aboard and 15 cabin crew.

Its flight track took it over Dubai, then over the southern tip of India, then Sri Lanka to the south of Indonesia and lastly through the heart of Australia before heading to Auckland for the 16-hours and 20-minute marathon.

NZ Trade Minister Todd McClay welcomed the inaugural journey, saying the world's longest flight was set to boost New Zealand's trade and tourism. Qatar is a significant trading partner with NZ, with annual two-way trade exceeding $330 million, he said.

The return flight - which leaves Auckland Airport at 2.40pm Wednesday can take up to an hour longer because of prevailing headwinds.

Air India's Delhi-San Francisco flight is the world's longest by distance but, according to the "Great Circle" route, Doha and Auckland are further apart on the surface of the Earth. Tailwinds mean Air India's flight time is less than 17 hours.

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