Emirates has just announced their new route from Dubai to Panama City which will take over the first place for the ‘Longest flight in the world’ by distance.
You can access the Emirates Routemap here. As of right now the schedule is arranged as follows:
EK 251 08:05 AM DXB – PTY 04:40PM
EK 252 10:30 PM PTY – DXB 11:15PM (following day)
The flight has a distance of 8,588 miles as per Grand Circle Mapper (access here). This beats the incumbent Qantas Sydney to Dallas Route (8,578 miles) by a mere 10 miles distance. Enjoy the title while it lasts, Qantas!
Previously the longest nonstop flights were operated by Singapore Airlines on their Singapore to Los Angeles (8,770 miles) and Singapore to New York-Newark (9,534 miles). I have flown both of these multiple times back in the day, however SIA discontinued these routes late 2013.
This is a very interesting route to say the least, the market in Central America must really be booming considering all the new services that pop up in that region.
I’m personally not a big fan of these ultra longhaul flights and only considered the Singapore Airlines flights back then because the schedule was very suitable for me. If you are into these flights either for nostalgic reasons or because you actually need to go then you might want to start looking at ticketing options!