A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 XWB aircraft is displayed at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Center February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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A Boeing Co. 777-200LR will touch down in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday after journeying 14,200 kilometers from Dubai, grabbing the title of world's longest scheduled airline flight for Gulf carrier Emirates. Not to be outdone, Qatar Airways will this year offer services to Santiago in Chile, some 225 kilometers further again, as well as its own Auckland route, which by dint of Doha's location west of Dubai will extend the record by 320 kilometers.Thomas Pellegrin, director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers aviation center in Dubai, said Gulf carriers are scouring the globe for opportunities as the biggest cities within an eight-hour radius become "increasingly saturated" with flights.Emirates' Auckland flight, departing 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, will capture the world distance record from the Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth route operated by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd.The Asian carrier once flew the 19-hour, 9,500-mile route using a four-engine Airbus A340-500 with 100 business seats before scrapping the service in 2013 after it proved nonviable, adding about five hours to the journey.
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