If you thought the red eye from LA to London was bad, imagine having to remain on board for another seven hours. We have jet lag just thinking about it. On Feb. 6, Qatar Airways broke the record for the world's longest flight from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand. The entire trip covered 14,535 km, which took 17 hours and 30 minutes!
It marked the very first time a New Zealand city was served by the airline. Qatar Airways plans to launch 14 more destinations in the 2017 and 2018 years, including Nice, France; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Medan, Indonesia; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
See which five routes follow in the list of longest flights in the world:
- Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles (LAX) — 15 hours and 50 minutes via Etihad Airways
- Atlanta (ATL) to Johannesburg (JNB) — 16 hours via Delta Air Lines
- San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN) — 16 hours and 20 minutes via United Airlines
- Dallas (DFW) to Sydney (SYD) — 17 hours via Qantas
- Auckland (AKL) to Dubai (DXB) — 17 hours and 15 minutes via Emirates