Qatar Airways delays launch of Doha to Auckland service by two months
Qatar Airways has announced that it has to delay the launch of direct flight service between Doha and Auckland by two months.
The airline said that the delay in the launch of the service by two moths is because of a delay in the delivery of Airbus A350s by the manufacturer. The service between Doha in Qatar and Auckland in New Zealand, will be the longest direct flight service in the world.
A spokeswoman for the airline said, "I can confirm we are looking at February. It is due to aircraft availability, specifically the delay of delivery of A350s."
Emirates airlines created a record for the world's longest direct airline flight when tis aircraft flew from Dubai to Auckland covering a distance of 8,824 milesin the month of March.The Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Auckland is aiming to extend that journey by further 200 miles and create the world's longest direct flight service.
The company was set to launch its 17.5 hour service to Auckland on 3 December, but the airline said that it some "issues" with the A350 passenger jet just one year after it entered the service. The airline also announced that it is reducing the frequency of more than a dozen regular routes from Doha because of issues in delivery of new planes from Airbus. The affected service will include service to Adelaide in Australia, flights to Boston, Houston and Miami in the United States, and services to Copenhagen, Jakarta and Manchester.
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