Starting from February 1st 2016, Emirates airline will operate a flight from Dubai to Panama City: it will be the longest non-stop flight in the world, taking 17 hours and 35 minutes to cover 8,700 miles route.
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
said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates.
The daily service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 LR plane, with three classes of seating available for booking: 8 seats in first, 42 in business and 216 in economy.
Flights will operate through Tocumen International Airport, which is located in the heart of the city.
Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily, and the return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day.
Panama City is not only just a gateway to further tropical destinations, it’s also an important economic and financial hub in Latin America, hosting two of the busiest ports in the area, including the world’s second largest free trade zone.
Combine that with the ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal, and it’s clear the the country’s economic growth will only continue.
The Boeing 777-200 LR can carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron and steel rods and electronics.