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This airline set the record for the world’s longest flight


by: Brianna Chambers, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Qatar Airways has officially hosted the longest flight in history on record.

The flight — from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand — lasted 17 hours and 30 minutes, according to CNN.

The Boeing 777 plane flew a total 9,031 miles before landing in New Zealand on Sunday.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who was a passenger on the flight, called the trip “an important milestone.”

The previous record was held by Emirates, which completed a 8,823-mile flight from Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours and 15 minutes last year.

More airlines are looking to do nonstop international trips, including Australia-based airline Qantas, which hopes to provide nonstop flights for travelers between Australia and Europe — a 17-flight — by March 18, according to CNN.

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