Ultra-Long-Haul: Who’s Flying Where?Jens Flottau
A growing number of airlines are introducing ultra-long-haul services. Early in March, Emirates opened what for now is the world’s longest route, from Dubai to Auckland. It will be superseded by Qatar Airways’ Doha, Qatar-Auckland flight, to be launched in December. Other airlines are planning similarly long flights, such as United Airline’s San Francisco-Singapore route. Carriers are taking advantage of lower fuel prices, which make ultra-long-haul missions more economically viable, and the availability of new more fuel-efficient widebody aircraft—such as the Boeing 787-9 and the Airbus A350—as they grow their networks. For now, the Boeing 777-200LR remains the standard aircraft for the segment.