New “World’s Longest Flight” Connects Dubai To Panama City In Only 17.5 Hours

Are you someone who likes sitting for a long period of time inside a metal tube with scores of (maybe annoying) strangers while traveling hundreds of miles per hour in the air? If the 17 hour flight from Dallas to Sydney just didn’t do it for you, then there’s a new option that tacks on another 35 minutes.

Emirates announced today that it will take over the title for “world’s longest flight” starting Feb. 1 when it begins service from Dubai to Panama City.

The 8,590-mile trip clocks in at 17 hours and 35 minutes, which Mashable points out is just about 30 minutes longer than current title holder: The 8,578-mile Qantas flight connecting Dallas and Sydney.

The new flight, which is Emirates first to Central America, will be seat 266 people in three classes.

Emirates says the new destination will provide “a convenient option for our passengers traveling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America.”

A look at the airline’s site shows that a seat on the world’s longest flight on a random day in March will set you back about $1,060 – or 3,980 United Arab Emirates Dirham – each way.

[via Mashable]

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