The world will gain an even longer flight early next year. The new longest flight will now be operated by Emirates Airlines from Dubai to Panama City, Panama starting next year in February 2016. The current longest flight is operated by Qantas Airlines from Dallas to Sydney with the Airbus A380. The new flight operated by Emirates will however operate by a smaller Boeing 777-200LR with 266 passengers compared to their A380s that operate with 517 seats. The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.
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 3-class layout – 8 in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy. The aircraft can carry up to 15 tons of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
Both Dubai and Panama have growing city centers in tropical locations, with strong links to other financial centers around the world. Panama City is also the economic and financial centre of the country with the major industries being international banking, commerce, and tourism. Panama is Ideally located between North and South America, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Panama City has developed an unrivalled transportation and communication network.
“This new direct flight between Dubai and Panama City will connect Latin America with the Middle East, Asia and Africa,” explained Eduardo Fonseca Ward, Consul General of the Republic of Panama, in Dubai. “This link will generate a broader global network with countless commercial and cultural opportunities for the two regions. It has been a pleasure to work with the Emirates team, who have shared the vision of Panama and Dubai as hubs of trade, prosperity and hope.”
Later this year, Emirates will be adding 4 additional routes to its global network including Mashhad, Iran and Orlando in September; Bamako, Mali in October; and Bologna in November.
Service to Panama City to begin on 1st February 2016
Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily.
The return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day.