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Emirates to launch new flights to Panama City in 2016

Emirates has announced that it will launch a new service to Panama City in February, 2016. The new flight will be the longest non-stop flight in the world and it will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR with three class categories for travellers. The service will be the airline's first gateway destination in Central America.

Emirates to launch new flights to Panama City in 2016

Emirates will launch a new service to Panama City next year, which will be the longest nonstop flight in the world.

The service to Panama City, the capital of Panama, will be the airline's gateway destination into Central America and will be 17 hours 35 minutes in a westbound direction.

The new flight will launch in February 2016 and will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with three class categories for travellers: First, Business and Economy. Flying to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, the service will also carry 15 tons of cargo.

"Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America."

Stated Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. He also explained:

"We're also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First Class service to travellers on what will be the world's longest non-stop flight."

Panama City is considered as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the region. The city boasts a skyline similar to Miami with tall glass and steel towers, but the historic district of "Casco Viejo" is a blend of Old Havana and the French Quarter in New Orleans, and is popular with holidaymakers due to its charming, winding cobbled streets and historic buildings.

Panama is home to the famous Panama Canal which is over 100 years old and has seen more than one million ships pass through it.

The Panama Canal is 77 kilometres long and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The locks at each end of the canal lift the ships to the Lake Gatun, an artificial lake that was created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal. The lake acts a reservoir of water for the operation of the locks and it carries ships for 33 kilometres along their journey of the canal.

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