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Emirates takes to new heights

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For the first time, one airliner will be servicing their longest flight yet – it will be the “world’s longest non-stop flight and the only one to offer First Class service”.

The Dubai based airline will commence its first non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City come 1st February 2016 and will take approximately 17 hours and 35 minutes. Our question is, how does one keep themselves entertained on a 17-hour flight? Well, forget about popping those sleeping pills, as the airliner is one of the world’s longest-range jetliner – Boeing 777-200LR, capable of flying 10,817 miles and can even carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo. The flight will outstrip Qantas as being the longest overhaul flight, which flew from Sydney to Dallas. This will be an experience in itself.

The flight is also going to prove a great connector to Central America, especially for travellers leaving from Dubai and heading onto the Caribbean to the northern parts of South America.

“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 His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “We’re 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.”

And for your perusal here are the details:

The EK251 will depart Dubai at 8:05 AM arriving at Panama City at 4:40 PM.

The EK252 will depart Panama City at 10:10 PM and arrive in Dubai at 11:55 PM the next day.

Like most international airliners, the Boeing 777-200LR provides three class layouts with eight seats in first class, 42 in business and 216 in economy. First class is decked out with individual private suites where one can take comfort in their own privacy by sliding the doors closed. For entertainment, each suite has its own “private cinema” and each seat can be converted into a fully flat bed with mattress.

So passengers fasten your seat belts and revel in what is currently, the world’s longest luxury flight to Panama City.

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