By Erika Owen
August 13, 2015
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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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