Doha's Ultra-Long-Haul Flights: Qatar Airways Dominates the Skies in 2024

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 31, 2024 04:18 AMNews
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Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar's primary aviation hub, is home to the esteemed Qatar Airways. This Middle Eastern hub stands out in 2024 for its impressive array of ultra-long-haul non-stop flights, connecting Qatar to distant global destinations. The airport's strategic location facilitates non-stop travel to various corners of the world, but some routes stand out for their exceptional lengths.

The Longest of the Long: Doha to Auckland

Topping the list of these mammoth journeys is the Doha to Auckland (AKL) route. According to Cirium, an aviation analytics company, this route holds the record as the longest non-stop airline route from Doha, stretching an impressive 9,032 miles (14,536 km / 7,849 NM). Operated exclusively by Qatar Airways, this daily service to New Zealand is a true test of endurance and aviation prowess, using the modern Airbus A350-1000. With a mix of 281 economy seats and 46 Qsuites, the airline ensures a blend of comfort and luxury for this 16-hour and 15-minute journey, usually completed in about 15 hours of flying time.

Qatar Airways' Additional Ultra-Long-Haul Routes

Qatar Airways also boasts three other routes surpassing the 8,000-mile mark, all directed towards the United States. The longest among these is the Doha to Los Angeles (LAX) route, a staggering 8,306 miles (13,376 km / 7,218 NM) journey, served up to twice daily. Next is the Doha to San Francisco (SFO) route, at 8,087 miles (13,015 km / 7,027 NM), followed by the Doha to Houston (IAH) flight, covering 8,048 miles (12,952 km / 6,994 NM). These routes, all operated using the Airbus A350-1000, showcase Qatar Airways' commitment to connecting its Doha hub with key global cities.

Competition on Long Routes: American Airlines Steps In

While Qatar Airways dominates the long-haul market from Doha, American Airlines offers some competition with its Doha to Philadelphia (PHL) route. This route, although shorter than Qatar Airways' longest flights, still covers a considerable distance of 6,797 miles (10,939 km / 5,906 NM), operated daily with the Boeing 787-9.

 

In 2024, Qatar Airways reaffirms its position as a leader in long-haul travel, with Doha Hamad International Airport serving as a key global connector. These ultra-long-haul routes not only emphasize the technical capabilities of modern aircraft but also reflect the growing demand for direct, long-distance travel in an increasingly connected world.

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