The world’s longest commercial flight, from Qatar to New Zealand, has touched down in Auckland for the first time. The Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200 crossed 14,535 kilometers and 10 time zones on its epic journey.
The flight was greeted with a celebratory water cannon salute as it taxied down the runway at Auckland airport on Monday.
“We’ve officially landed in New Zealand, the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud,'” the airline tweeted.
The 16-hour, 23-minute flight from Doha covered a distance of 14,535 kilometers (9,030 miles), crossing 10 time zones and five countries. Qatar Airways said the flight was operated by four pilots and 15 cabin crew.