Qatar Airways’ non-stop link between Doha and Auckland ranks among the world’s longest flights, and after a pandemic-induced pause it’s finally set to soar once again.
Just how long? Think 16 hours from Doha to Auckland, and to a whopping 17 hours and 15 minutes on the return leg.
This places it just behind the gold medal marathon of Singapore Airlines’ non-stop Singapore-New York service (up to 18h35m) and Air New Zealand’s New York-Auckland NZ1 (17h35m)
Taking wing from September 1, the rebounded connection has been on the cards for some time – more a matter of when, not if. Because while Aucklanders have been transitting via Adelaide since April 2022 in the meantime, a direct service was always set to return.
(Though arguably a win for those on the other side of the Tasman it will be a loss for the City of Churches, with Qatar Airways pulling the plug on its Adelaide to Auckland service now that Adelaide-Doha continues as a standalone flight.)
Jetting off daily on the Airbus A350, boasting 46 forward and rear-facing Qsuite business class suites cocooned behind high walls and sliding privacy doors, QR920/921 between Doha and Auckland makes for a particularly fine way to fly.
A staggered layout sees some seats facing backwards but positioned closer to the window rather than the door, lending them a more of a private jet feel. (If you want to select those seats when making your booking, choose the A or K seats at rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.)
The early departure from Doha will see those lie-flat business beds put to good use shortly after take-off, though with a flight time just shy of 16 hours, there’s more than enough opportunity to enjoy other onboard features such as Dine on Demand meals.
As for the 17-plus hour return from Auckland, that’s enough to binge multiple movies and TV series, or perhaps enjoy a wine tasting through some of the premium drops onboard.
From September 1, the schedule operates as follows:
- QR920 from Doha to Auckland sees wheels up at 01:50, touching down at 02:45 one day later.
- QR921 from Auckland to Doha departs at 15:00 and arrives at 23:15 local time.
Once daylight savings kicks in from September 24, both flights will arrive and depart one hour later, respectively.
Bookings are open from today, with those already holding tickets via Adelaide being re-accommodated on the new flight.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Oneworld members, as well as frequent flyer members including Velocity Gold and Platinum, have access to the airline’s spacious Platinum and Gold frequent flyer lounges at Doha Hamad Airport.