Qatar Airways has claimed a new record for the longest commercial flight with its Boeing 777 that departed from Doha, Qatar on Sunday and landed in Auckland, New Zealand after flying 9,032 miles (14,535 km) in 16 hours and 23 minutes.
Four pilots along with 15 cabin crew were on board in the flight and passengers were served with a total of 1,100 hot drinks, 2,000 cold drinks and 1,036 meals, the airlines notified.
The previous record was held by Gulf rival Emirates with its Dubai to Auckland services traversing a distance of 8,823 miles.
Meanwhile, other airlines are also launching their long flights including the Australia to Europe route from Qantas announced in December and the Perth-London service beginning in March 2018 covering a distance of 9,009 miles.
Singapore Airlines is planning to resume its flights from Singapore to New York’s John F. Kennedy in 2018, which analysts have expected to be the longest route so far. The airlines also holds the record for the longest commercial flight previously operated with 19-hour trip from Singapore to Newark and a distance of about 15,300 km.