The aircraft performed the longest passenger flight in history due to COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic inadvertently set a new record for the farthest commercial flight in world history (after distance) after an Air Tahiti Nui was forced to fly from French Polynesia to France without landing for 16 hours, covering 9 miles ( 765 15 kilometers), writes Fox News.
On March 14, Air Tahiti Nui, flying TN064, flew from Tahiti to Paris, which was the longest scheduled passenger flight. He flew out at 3 a.m. local time on March 14 and landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 6:30 a.m. local time on March 15.
Although this flight usually stops in Los Angeles to pick up passengers and refuel, the new travel ban, which prevents foreign citizens from Europe from entering the United States, has deprived the board of such an opportunity. Instead, Air Tahiti Nui officials decided to take advantage of “favorable winds and light passenger cargo,” flying directly to Paris.
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According to reports, from the beginning to the end of the flight, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner spent a total of 15 hours and 45 minutes in the sky.
Although the duration of the flight and the distance covered were due to the current travel ban, it broke the Singapore Airlines flight range record for the 9534 mile (15 343 km) passenger flight between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey.
However, the Air Tahiti Nui flight could not break the Singapore-Newark flight record for a time duration of 18 hours 45 minutes.
Australian carrier Qantas previously flew a record non-stop flight between London and Sydney, being in the sky for a whopping 19 hours and 19 minutes and covering 11 miles (060 km). However, this flight was not taken into account in any aviation report, because there were no commercial passengers on board.
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