Emirates A380 from Dubai to NZ makes longest non-stop flight

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An Emirates Airbus A380 jet has made what is believed to be the current longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, the BBC reports.

The plane covered about 14,200km when it touched down in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday.

It was expected to be the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight by duration as well, but landed too early.

The return flight to Dubai left around 22:20 local time (15:20 GMT), according to New Zealand media.

The Auckland-Dubai portion was estimated to take around 17 hours and 15 minutes, but in the end took only 16 hours and 24 minutes, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The new route reportedly reduces the current travel time by three hours.

The inaugural flight was made by an A380, but the route will normally be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR.

Emirates said it expects “high demand” for the new route.

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