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Qatar Airways will fly the World's Longest scheduled Flights starting tomorrow: FR24

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  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Qatar Airways Inaugurates the Longest Route in the World
    Posted on: 2017-02-04 /
    Categories: Special Aircraft Tracking
    When Qatar Airways flight 920 takes off tomorrow from Doha on its 16 hour 20 minute journey to Auckland, it will take the title of the world’s longest route. The return flight, at 17 hours 30 minutes, will be the longest flight in the world. The Boeing 777-200LR operating the round trip flight between Doha and Auckland will cover 29,066 kilometers.

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    The round trip from Doha to Auckland will cover 29,066 km

    The difference in flight time between the flight to Auckland and the flight back to Doha is thanks to prevailing high-altitude winds. The outbound flight is able to take advantage of favorable tail winds, while the return flight isn’t so lucky. Air India faced a similar quandary with its Delhi-San Francisco flights, but the location of both cities enabled them to come up with a novel solution: add 1,000 km to the flight, but arrive over 2 hours earlier.

    Qatar’s Doha-Auckland route will surpass Emirates’ from Dubai as the longest route in world by a combined 600 km, as measured by the great circle distance between the airports. Qatar’s previous longest flight is currently the 8th longest flight in the world between Doha and Los Angeles.

    The Boeing 777-200LR (Longer Range)
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    A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR, the aircraft that will operate between Doha and Auckland

    The Boeing 777-200LR is specifically designed for ultra-long-range flights, with a maximum range of 17,445 kilometers. Qatar Airways uses its fleet of nine 777-200LRs on many of its longest routes, including Los Angeles (13,346 km), Houston (12,932 km), and Atlanta (11,984 km). Qatar has also used the aircraft on its shortest route, the 148km flight between Doha and Bahrain.

    Doha-Auckland Flight Facts
    Great Circle Distance: 14,533 km/9040 Miles
    Flight time DOH-AKL: 16 hours 20 minutes
    Flight time AKL-DOH: 17 hours 30 minutes
    Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
    Maximum fuel capacity: 181,270 litres/47,703 U.S. Gallons/319,608 LBs./145,276 Kgs.

    Follow the Flights
    DOH-AKL | Scheduled departure 5 February 5:10 (UTC +3) | Live link QR920/QTR920
    AKL-DOH | Scheduled departure 6 February 14:40 (UTC +13) | Live link QR921/QTR921
     
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    One very tired crew at the end of the flight.
     
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    Crew or crews?
     
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    According to the Qatar Airways operations manual, there are two flight deck crews of (at least) two Captains and two First Officers though Captains may operate as First Officers if required. There is a suggested rest schedule for the flight deck and cabin crews. The B777 in QA configuration has a two berth and two chair forward crew rest area and an eight berth aft cabin rest area.
    All four flight deck crew are on the flight deck for departure and descent and landing. One crew is designated operating while the other crew is designated relief (A & B). Responsibilities are exchanged for the return sector.
    The regulations require a two night layover in Auckland for a journey of this length.
    Etihad and Emirates regulations are similar though the Emirates crew rest areas are configured differently on their B777s. There is no forward crew rest area so flight crews must use the expanded aft area.
    There is a significant difference between FAA and ME regional regulations though they tend to follow European standards. Some crew operating restrictions are more restrictive, some less so. ME crews generally work more hours than North American crews as duty time is calculated differently.
     
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