Qatar Airways has been presented with the anna.aero “Platinum Planet Prize”, an award recognising the world’s longest non-stop route, for launching a new direct service between Doha and Auckland, a distance of 14,526 kilometres. (All distances are calculated by anna.aero using OAG Analyser – the world’s most comprehensive airline schedules database.)
Qatar Airways takes the record away from Emirates’ Dubai-Auckland service, which is 342 kilometres shorter according to OAG Schedules Analyser.
The award was officially handed to Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, on arrival at Auckland by anna.aero’s New Route Editor Jonathan Ford.
Paul Hogan, Publisher of anna.aero, said of the airline’s win: “The award of the anna.aero Platinum Planet Prize, in association with our data partner OAG, gives distinction to Qatar Airways for its wave of pioneering route development. While ever-longer airline routes advance the cause of making the world even more connected, this prize also salutes the enterprise, entrepreneurship and marketing genius which goes into making these routes viable, lasting, and able to make a sustained contribution to the economies they serve.”