Starting from February 2016, Emirates flight from Dubai to Panama City will set a new world record: the Flight Dubai-Panama: longest non-stop flight in the world, taking 17 hours and 35 minutes to cover the almost 8,700 miles route. New route beats current longest flight by about 10 miles.
Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily, and the return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day.
The daily service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR plane, with three classes of seating available for booking (8 seats in first, 42 in business and 216 in economy) and up to 15 tonnes of cargo.
Flights will operate through Tocumen International Airport, which is located in the heart of Panama City.
Singapore Airlines previously operated an even longer flight connecting the city-state to Newark, New Jersey, but the carrier scrapped that in 2013.
Emirates is backed by the government of Dubai and has expanded rapidly by routing international transit passengers and cargo through its hub in the Gulf commercial centre.
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.
The airline has been increasing its capacity to a number of destinations recently including Birmingham, Madrid, Melbourne and London while announcing a codeshare with Thailand-based Bangkok Airways. Emirates cover 140 Destinations across 6 continents.
In the meanwhile Boeing is now understood to be developing a new version of the 777-200 – dubbed the 777-8LX – which would be up to 16 per cent more fuel efficient than current versions, which could see the service operating by the end of the decade if there is sufficient demand.