Qatar Airways Flies World’s Longest Commercial Flight

As the sun rose over Auckland on Waitangi Day, New Zealand welcomed the inaugural arrival of flight QR 920, the new record holder for the world’s longest commercial flight.


Award-winning aerial cinematography specialist Tony Monk captured the Boeing 777’s descent past the city skyline towards Auckland Airport, where a traditional water cannon salute greeted the jet following its 17.5-hour, 14,535-kilometer journey from Doha. Invited guests and passengers (led by the airline’s Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker) were then met by government and airport officials in the terminal celebrations.


Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight were welcomed on board with special cupcakes, with guests travelling in Business Class also receiving a celebratory Kiwi Rose Fizz mocktail, both created to commemorate the new service. The airline had also commissioned bespoke menu cards and beverage lists inspired by a traditional Maori carvings for the occasion.


Operating daily, flight QR 920 departs Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 0250 hrs, flying east and crossing 10 time zones to arrive in Auckland at 0500 hrs the next day. The return flight, QR 921, takes off from New Zealand at 1440 hrs to land back in Qatar at 2210 hrs. A 2-class Boeing 777, configured with 42 Business and 217 Economy Class seats, will be utilized on the route.


Auckland is Qatar Airways’ first destination in New Zealand and will provide a gateway for visitors drawn to its spectacular coastlines and lush forest landscapes. The flights will also offer 116 tonnes of belly-hold capacity each week in support of the import and export of produce between New Zealand, the Middle East and onward to Europe.


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