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Erika Owen
August 13, 2015

As of February 1st, 2016, Emirates will be taking over as the record holder for the world's longest flight. Previously, Qantas had the honor with their 17-hour, 8,578-mile flight from Dallas to Sydney. Emirate's new route will take passengers 8,590 miles from Dubai to Panama City—a trip that will take a whopping 17 hours and 35 minutes.

This isn't the only news from the airline brand. This trek will also mark another milestone for Emirates: their first flight destination in Central America. Passengers on this new flight had better load up your carry-on (we've got a few essentials to put on your list!).

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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