US: Emirates to launch world’s longest commercial flight in 2016

New York, US (PANA) -  One of the world's leading airlines, Emirates, will launch the world’s
longest commercial flight in 2016 to Panama City, Panama, which will be the airline's first
gateway destination in Central America.

A statement obtained by PANA in New York on Friday, said that Emirates plans to commence air services to Panama City, beginning 1 February 2016, and the new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world, at a record 17 hours 35 minutes in the westbound direction.

It noted that the service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class layout - eight in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy.

It said the aircraft can carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo, which it said would also air freight key imports to the country including pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics.

The statement noted that Panama City is a vibrant metropolis and gateway to tropical
destinations, and is also the economic and financial centre of the country with the major
industries being international banking, commerce and tourism.

Ideally located between North and South America, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Panama City has developed an unrivalled transportation and communications network.

"Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group.

He added: "We are also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First-Class service to travellers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight."
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