Qatar Airways is one of the key players in the ultra-long-haul category, and since February 2018 has operated the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight. Flight QR 921 from Auckland in New Zealand to its Middle East hub in Doha covers 9,000 miles and crosses 10 time zones. We climbed on board to check it out.
A private escalator takes business-class passengers to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Doha Airport. It is among the world’s largest, at more than two-and-a-half acres, and reveals itself in hangar-like proportions, which means that it easily accommodated the economy passengers who can pay $120 for one-time access. It contains a satisfying, almost dizzying array of delis, cafes, work spaces, games rooms, daybeds and showers – everything one could wish for ahead of an aviation marathon.