Flight test: Auckland to Doha on Qatar Airways 777-200LR

Stuff Travel Director Trupti Biradar flew from Auckland to Doha to experience the world's longest flight and see what all the fuss was about. 

If you have to spend over 17 hours imprisoned in a metal tube, you might as well do it in the Skytrax's 2016 best business class cabin.

The airline Qatar Airways

Peopleget ready for the world's longest flight.

The route Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar.

The plane A Boeing 777-200LR, currently the only aircraft with the range to complete the world's longest flight. It can cover 15,840 kilometres with 317 passengers. We'll be travelling just over 14,500km with 259 passengers at max capacity.

The aircraft has a two-class configuration with 42 seats in business class and 217 economy class seats. 

By 2020, the 777 will be replaced by what will be the world's largest twin-engine jet – the 777X. By then Qatar will have some competition for the title of world's longest route.

Qantas will fly its 787-9 Dreamliner 14,498km on the Perth-London route next year, and in 2019 Singapore Airlines will launch its Singapore-New York service which clocks in at a whopping 15,300km over 19 hours.

 

Time in the air We took off at 3.16pm, 37 minutes after scheduled and took 16 hours and 50 minutes to fly 14,535 kilometres. It seems the wind direction was in our favour. We crossed 10 timezones. Captain Roberto advised us we would reach a final cruising altitude of 38,000ft.

MyGiorgio Armani amenity kit.

My Giorgio Armani amenity kit.

 

Up the back or at the pointy end Seat 6E in business class

The seat stuff Sadly we're not in the Qsuite – the newly launched suite design that got everyone talking at the ITB Berlin travel exhibition. 

TheArabian mezze was fresh and flavourful.

The Arabian mezze was fresh and flavourful.

 

But these fully-flat beds come with 78 inches of seat pitch, so even the tallest of flyers will have nothing to complain about. The business class cabin is laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration, which means not every seat has direct aisle access, but there's enough room so you're not climbing over your neighbour to get out. 

There's a game console-like panel on my armrest. There are options for controlling every part of my seat. If that's too much drama, you can recline the seat into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. My favourite part of the console is the inbuilt massage feature. It's not strong enough to truly feel like a massage but is comforting nonetheless.

Baggage allowance 40kg checked-in baggage, and two pieces of cabin baggage weighing a total of 15kg.

Source: stuff

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