The world's longest commercial flight now belongs to Qatar Airways.
The airline launched its milestone service from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand, on a historic day for both countries: Waitangi Day, the day on which New Zealand was founded.
At 9,032 miles, the record-breaking flight clocks in at 17 hours and 30 minutes. Travelers shouldn't be apprehensive of the running time, but take advantage of the amenities available on the airlines' plush Boeing 777 fleet: luxe sky beds lie fully flat at almost seven feet long, and the Oryx One on-demand entertainment system lets them binge-watch from more than 3,000 movies, TV box sets and regionally-themed selections. Cuisine is also available on-demand.
"Qatar Airways offers high-quality in-flight service and a wide network of destinations," Adrian Littlewood, Auckland Airport CEO, stated in a press release of the event. "We expect this route to be very popular with visitors to New Zealand."
The Auckland flight is Qatar's first launch of 2017; in 2016, it added 14 new destinations to its lineup, bringing its portfolio to more than 150 destinations worldwide.