Service launches February 1, 2016 with a 17 hour 35 minutes flight timeEmirates has announced it plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning February 1, 2016.
The airline said its new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes, heading westbound) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.
Service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class layout – eigh in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy.
The aircraft can also carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo.
In a statement, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group said: “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.
“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.”
“It is gratifying to see how diplomatic efforts focused on generating development and prosperity for Panama materialise,” said Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President of the Republic of Panama.
She added: “New doors to the country will open with a direct connection to the Middle East – a strong and thriving region with great synergies to both Panama and Latin America.”