Panama Business. Dubai-based airline Emirates plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning 01 February, 2016.
The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) 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 B 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class layout - eight in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy. The aircraft can carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
Emirates has chosen Panama as its fourth destination in Latin America. The Dubai-based carrier has announced today the plans to launch a daily service to Panama City as of February 1st, 2016, -the longest non-stop flight in the world with a 17 hour 35 minutes westbound leg.
Currently, the longest non-stop scheduled airline flight is Qantas Flight QF8 from Sydney to Dallas-Ft. Worth, operated by an Airbus A380-800, and with a distance of 8,577 miles (13,804km). This new route operated by Emirates will beat the current route by just 11 miles (18km), with a distance of 8,588 miles (13,822km). Interestingly, the carrier currently operates four ultra-long-range routes from its base in Dubai to Dallas-Ft. Worth (8,040 miles, 12,940km), San Francisco (8,103 miles, 13,041km), Houston (8,168 miles, 13,144km) and Los Angeles (8,339 miles, 13,420km), all of them served by its Airbus A380 fleet.
Boeing 777-200LR Paine Field Exclusively For Emirates Air by Erik Hildebrandt utilizing his own proprietary MachPod aerial imaging system mounted on the Wolfe Air Aviation, Ltd. Lear 25B camera ship.
“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers traveling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “We’re also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First Class service to travelers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight.”
Flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR in a 3-class layout, with seating for 266 passengers. The airline has highlighted in a press release that the cargo capacity of 15 tonnes will allow the airline to transport key import products such as pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron / steel products and electronics.
Emirates also holds the distinction of being the largest Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777 operator in the world. Actually, Emirates has being an operator of all triple seven variants, including the freighter version through its division Emirates SkyCargo.
“It is gratifying to see how diplomatic efforts focused on generating development and prosperity for Panama materialize,” said Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President of the Republic of Panama. “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.”