Published: 09 September 2015 by: Ginny Cumming

Arrive in Dubai/Panama City fresh as a daisy, after only 17-and-a-half hours in the air; photo: Dubai, Michael Theis – Flickr

Sorry, Qantas. Your record for the longest commercial nonstop flight – currently between Sydney and Dallas – is set to be broken next year.

When Emirates launches its new daily flight between Dubai and Panama City from 1 February, the new record will be an astonishing 17 hours and 35 minutes (the Qantas flight takes just under 17 hours), and the flight will cross nine time zones.

Hardcore long-distance fliers only need apply.

Discover more: Emirates 

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