Qatar Airways is now operating the world’s longest regularly scheduled flight.

On Sunday, the carrier launched daily service between its Doha hub and Auckland, New Zealand, on a Boeing 777.

The 17-hour, 30-minute flight covers 9,033 miles. It surpassed rival Emirates’ service between Dubai and Auckland, which at 8,824 miles was previously the world’s longest flight.

The Doha-Auckland route will be eclipsed in length when Singapore Airlines resumes direct Singapore-New York (or Newark) service. The carrier says it will operate on the approximately 9,500-mile,19-hour route upon taking delivery next year of the first Airbus A350-900ULR aircrafts.

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