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Qatar starts long-haul flight to Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/02/2017
The route covers 14,535km and the flight takes as long as 17 hours 45 minutes when flying into prevailing jet streams to Doha. © Rex Images The route covers 14,535km and the flight takes as long as 17 hours 45 minutes when flying into prevailing jet streams to Doha.

Qatar Airways' flight QR920 arrives in Auckland on Monday after crossing ten times zones without stopping from Doha.

It's billed as the longest commercial passenger flight in the world and it's scheduled to arrive at 7.30am at Auckland International Airport.

The route launches with a 777-200LR aircraft on a daily service that will add $198 million annually to the New Zealand economy, the airport says.

The route covers 14,535km and the flight takes as long as 17 hours 45 minutes when flying into prevailing jet streams to Doha.

It's slightly longer than the service operated by Emirates to Auckland from Dubai.

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