Qatar Airways is re-introducing a direct Qatar to Auckland flight, which commences on September 1 and will operate seven times a week, departing daily at 0150 local time from its Doha hub.

The flight will be one of the world’s longest at 15hrs 55 minutes on the outbound and 17hrs 15 minutes on the inbound.

Qatar Airways will be operating an Airbus A350-1000 on the route with 46 QSuite business class seats and 281 standard economy seats.

Until the resumption of direct flights to Auckland, Qatar Airways will continue to operate its Auckland service via Adelaide with Boeing 777 aircraft.

“The direct Doha to Auckland service augments a number of new routes announced in recent weeks and enables passengers in key European markets including the UK and Ireland to save time with this direct connection. Business Class passengers on board our Auckland flights can also enjoy the enhanced privacy of Qsuite, which has been awarded the Best Business Class Seat in the World,” comments Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker.

The oneworld carrier plans to launch seven new destinations in 2023, including Chittagong, Juba, Kinshasa, Lyon, Medan, Toulouse, and Trabzon.

Qatar Airways is also resuming flights to destinations suspended during the pandemic, including to Beijing, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Davao, Marrakesh, Nice, Osaka, Phnom Penh, Ras Al-Khaimah, and Tokyo Haneda.