The world's longest non-stop commercial flight has landed in New Zealand on Monday (6 February) after covering 14,535km (9,032-miles).

Mr Tasker says that Qatar Airways is arriving at a time when Auckland Airport is investing more than $1 million every working day on its core aeronautical infrastructure. The trip costs $1,265 one-way for an economy seat while business class costs $4,500.

That could even be eclipsed if Singapore Airlines restores service between Singapore and NY, a 15,323-kilometer flight.

Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways, was also on board of the passenger jet, according to the NZ Herald.

Singapore Airlines plans to launch nonstop service connecting Singapore to NY in 2018, with the Airbus' new A350 wide-body plane flying more than 9,500 miles. "We've officially landed in Auckland", the airline tweeted soon after landing. "In that light, even though it may take some time for the route to stack up from a profit perspective, it may help the economics of its wider network".

BBC notes there is a distinction to be drawn between the longest flight and the furthest distance travelled. Qatar Airways uses its fleet of nine 777-200LRs on many of its longest routes, including Los Angeles (13,346 km), Houston (12,932 km), and Atlanta (11,984 km).

Air-India has a longer flight by distance, spanning 15,298 kilometres from Delhi to San Francisco; this takes 14 hours and 30 minutes, according to the Times of India.

But Singapore Airlines is likely to brush Qatar aside next year with the relaunch of its Newark, NJ, service, which takes a posterior-numbing 19 hours to complete.


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