Qatar Airways Sets Record for Longest Commercial Flight

Qatar Airways sets record for world's longest flight

Qatar Airways has officially hosted the longest flight in history on record.

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The flight -- from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand -- lasted 17 hours and 30 minutes, according to CNN.

The Boeing 777 plane flew a total 9,031 miles before landing in New Zealand on Sunday.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who was a passenger on the flight, called the trip "an important milestone."

The previous record was held by Emirates, which completed a 8,823-mile flight from Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours and 15 minutes last year.

More airlines are looking to do nonstop international trips, including Australia-based airline Qantas, which hopes to provide nonstop flights for travelers between Australia and Europe -- a 17-flight -- by March 18, according to CNN.

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