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Posted by Maria Arias on April 25, 2016
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Emirates Airline, which had planned to launch a direct flight between Dubai and Panama on 2016 postponed the initial flight until early 2017 due to “operational factors”. The flight would be the longest in the world at 17 hours and 35 minutes. The airline said it would only be a delay, but not a cancellation of the route.

Emirates needs to pick up feeder traffic from destinations served by Copa Airlines in order to operate the non-stop flight profitably. In return, the latter would gain a significant network expansion to destinations outside of the Americas. The codeshare agreement would also take into consideration profit sharing and potential investment opportunities.

The outbound flight will leave early in the morning and will arrive early afternoon in Panama City. The earlier arrival time in UAE will facilitate easier connections to Asian destinations. A Boeing 777-200LR will be used for this route. The aircraft has three class configuration (First, Business and Economy) with a total of 266 seats.

Emirates says that it firmly believes on the potential of Central America and continues “enthusiastically” with the plan of “linking this important region to the Emirates network.”