Dubai, a mega-rich city that could be described as a Western safe haven situated in a region that is typically anything but. And Panma City, the Miami of Latin America. The big drawback is the rather considerable flight time. In fact, at 17 hours and 35 minutes westbound
In some ways, you might say it's connecting like with like. Dubai, a mega-rich city that could be described as a Western safe haven situated in a region that is typically anything but. And Panama City, the Miami of Latin America (although there are more Latinos in Miami as the old joke goes) heavily influenced by the United States and an important air and sea transport hub for both global passengers and trade.
Looking at it that way, the decision by Emirates Airlines to open a new route from its base in Dubai direct to Panama City makes a lot of sense. From a Central America and northern part of South America perspective, it means the door to the Middle East has been opened that bit further. No more tedious connecting flights via Europe or elsewhere are needed to get to this strategic part of the world.
What's more, not only will Emirates' new connection carry passengers (256 in total on the Boeing 777-200LR) but it can also take with it up to 15 tons of cargo, bringing key imports to Panama such as pharmaceuticals, machine products and electronics.
What some people may see as the one drawback is the rather considerable flight time. In fact, at 17 hours and 35 minutes westbound, it will become the world's longest, regularly scheduled non-stop flight, covering a distance of approximately 13,800 kilometres.
However, for those with the cash to spare, a first-class service will be available. That aside, the airline has said that those who fly economy class will travel in decent comfort; virtual first class you might say. In fairness, considering the company in question is regularly rated amongst the top of the world's airlines, that should be a given. In operation, Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 8:05 am and arrive in Panama City at 4:40 pm daily. The return flight, EK252, will leave Panama City at 10:10 pm, arriving in Dubai at 11:55 pm the next day.
The service is due to commence on the 1st of February 2016. Dubai direct is coming!
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