09:47 GMT20 October 2020
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    Qatar Airways plane successfully landed in New Zealand’s Auckland after 16-hours-long non-stop flight, the airline said on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to media reports, the flight lasted 16 hours and 23 minutes, making it the longest commercial non-stop flight in history, with the plane crossing 14,535 kilometers (9,032 miles).

    The plane took off in Doha on February 5 at 5:10 a.m. local time (2:10 GMT) and landed in Auckland on Monday at 7:25 a.m. local time, (18:25 GMT on Sunday).

    "We’ve officially landed in New Zealand, the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’," the airline wrote on Twitter.

    ​In 2016, Russia's MiG-31BM supersonic interceptor spent seven hours and four minutes in the sky, setting the record for the aircraft of that type.


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