Closed borders, canceled flights, repatriation trips: the airline industry and tourism, in general, are on the verge of collapse due to the pandemic of the coronavirus. But among so much desperate news came a record for the world of aviation.
A few days ago, on March 14, the airline Air Tahiti Nui completed the longest passenger flight so far by distance: traveled 15,715 kilometers starting from Papeete, in Tahiti (French Polynesia) and landing at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France.
It also became the longest domestic flight in the world, since it traveled between two French regions. Paradoxically, this record was set by the travel restrictions imposed by the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.
How is the flight usually
Usually, the flight includes a scheduled layover at the Los Angeles International Airport in California. There, all passengers get off the plane and must go through United States Customs and Border Protection before continuing with the next section.
The flight lasted just under 16 hours. Because do not can be said to be the longest in a matter of air time, if not That it is for the distance traveled. Also, it was an exception. From the company, they clarified that it is a unique flight at a time when all the airlines are redefining routes.
The airline replaced its usual stopover in Los Angeles with Vancouver (Canada) or Pointe a Pitre, in Grande-Terre, Guadalupe. But with restrictions, those scales became impractical.
The flight overtook Singapore Airlines, which operates between Singapore and New York, covering a distance of 15,343 kilometers
In this sense, the flight surpassed Singapore Airlines, Which operates between Singapore and New York covering a distance of 15,343 kilometers.
Many will also remember the tests that the Australian Qantas was doing. At the end of 2019, he set a record with his Sunrise project test flight: 17,799 kilometers and 19 hours and 19 minutes nonstop between London and Sydney. But since it was evidence – passengers did not pay fares on board – it does not count as a scheduled service.
As reported by CNN Travel, the Air Tahiti plane flew with a “reinforced crew” of four pilots and it was operated by a “future generation airplane”, a Boeing 787-9, twin-engine Dreamliner.
The flight lasted just under 16 hours. That is why it cannot be said that it is the longest in a matter of time in the air, but it is because of the distance traveled