May 2016: Emirates has postponed this service until end of 2016 or early 2017. However, Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Turkish Airlines from Istanbul have begun their regular flights.
More important: Copa Airlines is now flying on 7 days a week between Panama City, Panama and San Francisco, CA.
Doing the longest regular airliner flight is something special; for the carrier, the manufacturer and for the destinations.
Starting February 1, 2016 an Emirates Boeing 777-200LR will take off as flight EK251 from Dubai to Panama City, non-stop.
Arrival in Panama at 4:40 pm, after not less than 17 hours and 35 minutes for this 13,800 km trip.
It is the #5 airline with a direct trans-atlantic connection to Panama, Dubai joins Amsterdam (KLM), Lisboa (TAP), Madrid (Iberia) and Paris (Air France), Frankfurt (Lufthansa) will follow one month later. in March 2016.
Since Singapore Airlines has terminated their ultra-long non-stop flights to New York and Los Angeles, nowadays these are the longest ones:
Quantas between Sidney and Dallas (B747)
Delta between Atlanta and Johannesburg (B777)
Emirates between Dubai and Los Angeles (A380)
Emirates between Dubai and Dallas, Houston and San Francisco (B777).
This new flight is even longer and is the first non-stop connection between Middle East and Latin America.
The fact that Panama has been selected underlines the growing economic importance of this small country and takes advantage of Tocumen International Airport as “Hub of the Americas”, reaching all of Central-/South America and many places in the Caribbean.
Tocumen’s new South Terminal, designed by Sir Norman Foster, will be ready, just in time, to welcome Emirates.